Sport French Open 2020: Novak Djokovic starts with emphatic victory
Djokovic overcomes Koepfer to set up Ruud semi-final in Rome
Djokovic overcomes Koepfer to set up Ruud semi-final in RomeThe top-ranked Serb had breezed through the previous two rounds, his first matches since being defaulted at the U.S. Open for hitting a line judge with a ball, but faced a potentially tricky test when Koepfer levelled the contest at one set apiece.
Novak Djokovic began his bid for French Open glory with an emphatic first-round victory over Mikael Ymer.
The Serbian triumphed 6-0 6-2 6-3 on Court Philippe-Chatrier in just 98 minutes.
After winning a match that saw him convert nine of 11 break points, Djokovic will meet Ricardas Berankis or Hugo Dellien in the second round.
As he looks to put his US Open disqualification for inadvertently hitting the ball at a line judge behind him, Djokovic is seen as the main challenger to 12-time champion Rafael Nadal, who had started his tournament with a straight-sets win a day earlier.
Foul-mouthed Djokovic given warning by umpire
Novak Djokovic knows it isn't model behaviour when he loses his cool on the tennis court. Yet he can't help himself.Yet he just can't help himself.
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) remains undefeated in the opening round in Paris taking out Mikael Ymer 6-0 6-2 6-3
The first-ever meeting between Djokovic and Ymer in Paris on Tuesday was one-sided throughout and a story of total dominance in the opening set.
World number one Djokovic, who won his first Rome title for five years as preparation for the last grand slam of the year, dropped just seven points and had the lead after only 22 minutes.
It looked like more of the same in the second set when Ymer was broken in the third game and, despite the Swede striking straight back, it ultimately proved that way as the relentless 2016 champion did not allow him to get a foothold in the contest.
Ymer showed some fight again in the third, breaking Djokovic having earlier fallen behind to bring it back to 3-3.
But Djokovic, who only allowed two break points in the match and lost both, reeled off three consecutive games and sealed a straightforward victory on his first match point with a forehand winner.
2020 French Open: The story so far .
We have reached the halfway point of this year’s rescheduled French Open and, as always, there is so much to talk about as we edge closer to crowning our final grand slam singles champions of 2020. As expected, in the men’s draw, the world’s top two – Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal – advanced to the fourth round of the tournament, where Nadal cruised past American Sebastian Korda, the son of former Australian Open champion Petr, in straight sets overnight.