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French Open: Novak Djokovic Marches Into Third Round With Dominant Win

Defending French Open champion Novak Djokovic took just over two hours to wrap up a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win over Roberto Carballes Baena and set up a showdown with either Gael Monfils or Lorenzo Musetti in round three

Novak Djokovic is through to round three at Roland Garros for a record 19th time.
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Novak Djokovic eased through to the French Open third round following another straight-sets victory over Roberto Carballes Baena at Roland-Garros. (Full Coverage | Tennis News)

The reigning champion, who is seeking a record-breaking 25th grand slam singles title, took just over two hours to wrap up a 6-4 6-1 6-2 win and set up a showdown with either Gael Monfils or Lorenzo Musetti in round three.

Not since the 2017 Australian Open has Djokovic failed to progress beyond the second round at a major.

It looked like the Serb would be in for a tough battle as Carballes Baena broke in the opening game, though he did respond immediately before the first set appeared finely poised at 4-4 and deuce.

Djokovic subsequently drew first blood, and it was very much one-way traffic thereon.

Indeed, from 4-4 in that first set, the world number one won 14 of the next 17 games to sail into the last 32.

Data Debrief: Djokovic surpasses Nadal at Roland-Garros

The undisputed 'King of Clay', Nadal's record of 14 French Open titles looks highly unlikely to be under any severe threat in the near future.

However, Djokovic has surpassed the Spaniard by reaching round three at Roland-Garros for a 19th time in his 20 appearances - the most appearances by any player during the Open Era.

The Serb also notched up his 94th match win at the French Open. That is his joint-most at a single ATP event in his career, matching is tally at the Australian Open, where he is a 10-time champion.

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