French Open: Djokovic, Nadal Reach Third Round

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Nine-time winner Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic both won in straight sets to reach the third round at the French Open.

Nadal, the fourth seed from Spain, looked at his very best in outclassing Dutchman Robin Haase 6-1 6-4 6-3.

Serbia’s Djokovic, the second seed, beat Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-1 6-4 6-3 in two hours and seven minutes.

Djokovic goes on to face Argentine Diego Schwartzman while Nadal takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.

Eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi watched Djokovic once again, having taken over as the 30-year-old’s coach on a temporary basis.
“I think the first two sets went very well, the third was was more difficult,” said Djokovic after beating the world number 59.

“Generally, I felt better than the first round, so that’s exactly what I wanted.”
Nadal finished his match with a tally of 33 winners and only 13 unforced errors.

The 31-year-old is bidding to become the first man to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam event, having lifted the trophy from 2005-2008 and 2010-2014.

His only defeats at Roland Garros were against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 and Djokovic in the 2015 quarter-finals.

Nadal has been in formidable form on clay this year, winning his 10th titles at Monte Carlo and Barcelona as well as his 30th Masters title in Madrid.

Meanwhile, Defending French Open champion Garbine Muguruza survived a scare to beat world number 99 Anett Kontaveit 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-2 and reach the third round.

The fourth seed was a set and a break down but recovered to win in two hours and eight minutes.
The 23-year-old will now play Yulia Putintseva, seeded 27.

The women’s draw is wide open, especially after world number one Angelique Kerber and British hope Johanna Konta went out in round one.

“I was expecting this kind of match because I played her recently, and I saw her a little bit in the few tournaments before,” Muguruza said of Kontaveit.

“She was just playing good, a lot of confidence. I knew it was going to be a battle out there.”