World number one Novak Djokovic put on a great tennis display on Thursday to beat Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 and reach the third round of the Open de France, an instance to which the Argentine Diego Schwartzman also acceded.
Cuevas, ranked 92nd in the world ladder, showed flashes of resilience against the 34-year-old Serbian, but the top seeded improved his game when needed and with some sublime winners with his backhand kept his quest for a 19th Grand title alive.
Djokovic broke Cuevas’ serve a second time to go 5-3 in the first set, but was soon 0-40 down on his own serve. The Serbian, however, took the next five points to win the heat on a sunlit Suzanne Lenglen court.
From then on, the 35-year-old Uruguayan lost his serve three more times for Djokovic to complete the victory. Now the Serbian will collide with the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, who beat the Australian James Duckworth 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (4) and 6-0.
The Argentinean Schwartzman, the tenth seed, also advanced in the day, defeating the Slovenian Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-2 and 6-4. However, his compatriot Federico Coria said goodbye to the tournament by losing 3-6, 3-6 and 2-6 to Italian Matteo Berrettini.
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