French Open: Novak Djokovic reaches third round with a great win, defeats Roberto Carballes

World number one Novak Djokovic lived up to his reputation and entered the third round of the French Open tennis tournament on Thursday by winning in straight sets. Djokovic had no problem in defeating Roberto Carballes Baena. He defeated the Spanish player 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in two hours and four minutes.

Matches were affected for the third consecutive day due to rain, but in the meantime Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka also managed to advance by defeating Japanese qualifier Moyuka Uchijima 6-2, 6-2. Sabalenka, who reached the semi-finals of the French Open last year, will next face Paula Badosa, who is her close friend and is her partner in the women’s doubles this year.

In the women’s category, 2022 Wimbledon champion and fourth seed Elena Rybakina defeated Arantxa Rus 6-3, 6-4. In the men’s category, fifth seed Daniil Medvedev has also reached the third round. When this Russian player was leading 6-1, 5-0, his opponent Miomir Kecmanovic decided to withdraw from the match. Alexander Zverev, who defeated Rafael Nadal, continued his winning streak.

He defeated David Goffin 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-2. World number one and two-time defending champion Iga Swiatek performed as expected and made it to the third round by defeating Naomi Osaka in three games in a very tough women’s singles match. Swiatek saved a match point in the second round match on Wednesday night and then won the last five games to defeat former world number one Osaka 7-6, 1-6, 7-5.

Swiatek said after the match, “This match was definitely very tense. I never expected such a tough match in the second round. I will definitely be more prepared for it next time.” With this win, Swiatek extended her winning streak at Roland Garros to 16 matches and she is eyeing to win her third consecutive title at this clay court Grand Slam. When Osaka, who was leading 5-2 at one point in the third and decisive game, was returning after the defeat, tears were flowing from her eyes.

Only nine matches could be completed on Wednesday due to bad weather and the winners included Coco Gauff, Ons Jabeur, Sofia Kenin, Carlos Alcaraz, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev. After losing the first set in a tiebreaker, Osaka performed better. She won nine of the next 10 games after losing the first set and after winning the second set 6-1, took a 3-0 lead in the third.

After this the score was in her favour at 4-1 and 5-2. However, Swiatek made a comeback and won five consecutive games to win the set and the match.

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