Top-ranked tennis superstars Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic kept their winning momentum alive in French Open tournament as both the players edge past their respective opponents to make their way for second men’s singles round in the event.
The Serb veteran Djokovic marked his 22nd straight Grand Slam win after clinching first round in French Open against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland by 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. Moreover, the 15-time Grand Slam title winner dominated 81% of his first serve in the beginning of the match and later mounted pressure on the Polish player by striking winning points in second set to seal the win. The Serb will next face the World No. 191 Henri Laaksonen in second round.
While Spanish legend Rafael Nadal edge past German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann in the opening battle on Tuesday. The World No. 2 tamed World No. 99 with the margin of 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 in the neck-to-neck competition.
Apart from Nadal and Djokovic, US female star Serena Williams also progressed to next round in the ongoing tournament after defeating Russian player Vitalia Diatchenko by 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 on Monday. This win results in the 800th career title victory for Williams in main draws.
The 32-year-old Serbian superstar expressed his feelings after winning the game against Hurkacz, “I thought that I won most of my service games comfortably. I was pretty dominant on my serves, and played a very solid match.” While Rafael Nadal said on his victory, “what I did very well today is just about general feeling, which has been positive this afternoon.”
Earlier, both the tennis legends Nadal and Djokovic have recently faced each other in the finals of Italian Open 2019 where the Spaniard cruised past the Serb with the margin of 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 in the longest final battle of two hours and 25 minutes in the history of tennis. With this astonishing win the World No.2 Nadal has broken the tie with World No. 1 of 33 ATP Masters 1000 titles as now he is leading the board with 34 titles.
On the other hand, despite having a slow start in the beginning of the season Novak didn’t lose his hopes and finally clinched the crown of biggest clay-court tournament Madrid Open 2019 against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece with a margin of 6-3, 6-4 earlier in this month.