Djokovic crushes Pella, plays Dimitrov in third round of Roland Garros

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Novak Djokovic crushed Pella at Roland Garros 2013 to set up a third round clash against Grigor Dimitrov. Kei Nishikori advanced as well.

Argentine Guido Pella, ranked 83rd, stood no chances against top seed Djokovic who dropped just four games in total. The players were only close until 2-2 in the opening set when Nole started his eleven games long march, seizing a couple of sets in the process – he won the second one without letting his unseeded challenger get on the board. The third set was a formality for the last year’s finalist as well as he ended it with a double break advantage, thus wrapping up the clash in merely hour and a half. He progressed with a 6-2, 6-0, 6-2 victory and will take on Dimitrov next.

The twenty-sixth seeded Bulgarian stamped his authority on the second round match against French teenager, wild card holder Lucas Pouille straight away as he won the opening three games. He extended his one break lead later in the set which he served out in twenty-eight minutes. The domestic player showed more skills in the second set, yet he was beaten in a tie-break in the end. The set number three was a repetition of the opener which meant Dimitrov closed out the encounter in one hour and fifty-two minutes with a 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-1 triumph.

Seed number thirteen Nishikori overcame 50th-ranked Slovene Grega Zemlja in four sets. The Japanese dominated the first one, yet Zemlja battled hard to turn around the second set after falling 1-4 behind. The match continued after hour and a half long rain delay with Nishikori claiming the set three which he opened with a five straight games run. The Slovene improved in the fourth set, but was unable to produce another comeback, so Nishikori advanced by clinching a 6-1, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 win. He will now play Frenchman Benoit Paire, seed twenty-six.

Victor Hanescu and Philipp Kohlschreiber were given a free pass to the third round as their opponents withdrew from the tournament.

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