World No.1 and tournament favourite Novak Djokovic stormed into the 3rd round of the French Open as he defeated Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to progress at Roland Garros. Djokovic didn’t break much sweat in his outing as he lost just 5 games throughout the match. Novak served well and won a whooping 95% points on his first serve, an unreal display of tennis.
His French Open wins tally has now equalled that of Roger Federer, who is absent this year as he recovers from knee surgery. Djokovic and Federer sit joint second on the all-time list for the most wins in the men’s singles at Roland Garros, behind clear leader Rafael Nadal, who has chalked up 95 victories in 97 matches.
“It was difficult for Ricardas in the third set as he had an injury and couldn’t move very well,” said Djokovic whose afternoon stroll was eased by his opponent needing treatment on a back problem after the second set. “But I felt good just as I did in the first round and I want to continue like that.”
Djokovic, bidding to become the first man in half a century to win all four majors twice, also only dropped five games in his first round match against Mikael Ymer who likened facing the Serb to a “snake killing its prey”.
This victory stretched his 2020 record to 33-1, his only defeat coming via disqualification from the US Open.
Court Philippe-Chatrier has seen Djokovic come and go quickly in both his matches so far, with the thrashing of Berankis completed in 15 fewer minutes than it took the Serbian to see off Sweden’s Mikael Ymer in round one. He will face Galan in the next round.