World no.1 Novak Djokovic played an outstanding match against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, demolishing him in straight sets 6-2 6-2 6-3 in just an hour and 44 minutes.
Nole lost against Dimitrov at this year’s Madrid Masters, but this time around he took the happenings into his own hands as he cruised to take the first set, breaking his opponent twice. The Serbian was proving to be relentless as the match went on, not allowing his counterpart to dictate play at any stage of set two. After the Djoker closing it out in the same fashion as the opening set, there was no way back for Dimitrov and last year’s finalist Djokovic booked a place in the last 16, where he will face German Philipp Kohlschreiber, who eliminated Victor Hanescu also in straight sets.
Also through to the next round is the defending champion Rafael Nadal. Despite not being on top form throughout the first week, he managed to wrap up the encounter against Italy’s Fabio Fognini in three sets 7-6 (5) 6-4 6-4.
With the weather having improved a bit in comparison to last days, the French crowd was witness to some entertaining rallies from both players. However, it was Rafa who kept the upper hand after taking the first set in a breaker. In the next two sets, Fognini never looked a real threat to the 7 time French Open champion.
The Spaniard, who has already captured 6 titles this year and holds an impressive 36-2 win-loss match record, will square off against Kei Nishikori of Japan next.