Sport Novak Djokovic eases through to the next round of the French Open
'I'm not perfect,' says Djokovic after losing cool at Italian Open
'I'm not perfect,' says Djokovic after losing cool at Italian OpenThe top-ranked Serb was broken to love in the sixth game of the second set following which he threw his racket on the ground, drawing a warning from the chair umpire.
Novak Djokovic got his quest for an 18th Grand Slam title back on track as he commenced his French Open campaign with a drama-free 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Mikael Ymer on Tuesday.
Little over three weeks since Djokovic was defaulted in the US Open fourth round for hitting a line judge with a ball, he was a model of self-control as he outclassed the young Swede.
Had Court Philippe Chatrier been packed with fans rather than just a smattering on Tuesday because of the Covid-19 restrictions, Djokovic might have expected some heckling from the sometimes fickle post-lunch French audience.
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Instead, it was as gentle a return to the Grand Slam spotlight as the 33-year-old top seed could have wished for as he charmed the tiny audience with his silky repertoire.
The first set took only 20 minutes as Ymer struggled to even lay a glove on the 2016 champion.
Djokovic did drop serve early in the second set when an attempted drop shot fell short but there was no tetchy response this time, just an ironic chuckle.
The Serb then led the applause for Ymer when the 22-year-old ran back to retrieve a lob-volley and played a showreel between-the-legs winner Nick Kyrgios would have been proud of in the sixth game.
Djokovic wins fifth Rome title for record 36th Masters crown
Novak Djokovic claimed a record 36th Masters crown on Monday, beating Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the final of the Italian Open. Nine-time Rome winner Nadal, the defending champion, fell in the quarter-finals to eighth-seed Schwartzman. Djokovic had been unbeaten this season before his US Open disqualification for hitting a line judge with a ball in frustration.The 33-year-old has won four trophies from five events in 2020 -- the Australian Open, Dubai, Cincinnati, which was hosted in New York, and Rome.It was the 10th Rome final for Djokovic who has lost three times since his last victory, including last year to Nadal.
But it was one-way traffic as Djokovic polished off the second set with his trademark clean hitting.
The 80th-ranked Ymer, facing a world number one for the first time, stuck manfully to his task in the third set and Djokovic became a little sloppy as he handed back a service break with a double-fault after which he flexed his hand.
Djokovic glared at someone in the crowd in the following game but refocused to reel off the last three games for victory and set up a clash with Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis.
Djokovic was odds-on to win the US Open, with Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer absent, and move within one Grand Slam title of the Spaniard and two behind the Swiss who is not in Paris.
Line judge hit by Djokovic at US Open to continue officiating career
MIKE DICKSON IN PARIS: Laura Clark, who Djokovic accidentally hit in the throat when he swished a ball away in anger during his fourth round, was back on duty 48 hours after.Laura Clark, who Djokovic accidentally hit in the throat when he swished a ball away in anger during his fourth round, was back on duty 48 hours after finding herself at the centre of an international sporting incident.
The script was ripped from his grasp though when a frustrated swipe at a ball resulted in it accidentally hitting a female line judge in the throat.
Since that humiliation, however, Djokovic has rebounded to win the Rome title and with the damp Parisian clay playing more like a slow hardcourt, it looks tailor-made for the Serb to end 12-time champion Nadal's Roland Garros domination.
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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.