Djokovic and Berdych reach third round of French Open

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Novak Djokovic

Second seed Novak Djokovic is past another hurdle at French Open 2014 as he dismissed France’s Jeremy Chardy in merely an hour and a half of clay-court tennis this afternoon. The previous number one Serb dictated the terms from beginning to the end and his victory was never in doubt in spite of dropping a couple of service games – Nole won 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 to stay in the contest for his debut Roland Garros title. In the round of 32 he will square off against 25th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic.

“I managed to play some good tennis and [I am] already feeling like I’m improving my game as the tournament progresses,” said Djokovic. “I managed to make him play an extra shot. I managed to stay solid from the baseline and I think that forced him to make a lot of unforced errors, which definitely helped me to win in straight sets.”

Tomas Berdych, seed number six, had to put in more effort to eliminate Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan. The latter would save a set point at 5-4 in the opener before edging out the favorite in the subsequent tie-break. The following two sets belonged to the Czech player, whilst he recovered from an early loss of serve in the fourth one by going on a six straight games run to wrap up the proceedings and complete a 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 victory. His next opponent will be Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut, seed number twenty-seven.

Twenty-ninth seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon cruised through his second round match to defeat Alejandro Gonzales of Colombia 6-4, 6-0, 6-2, whilst unseeded Spaniard Marcel Granollers came from two sets down to overcome 20th-seeded Ukrainian Aleksandr Dolgopolov 1-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-2.

Also through to the round three is in-form Latvian Ernests Gulbis, seed number eighteen, who outclassed Argentine’s Facundo Bagnis in straight sets. This year’s Marseille and Nice conqueror is now scheduled to play Czech veteran Radek Stepanek who took out fifteenth seed Russian Mikhail Youzhny in four sets: 6-0, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

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