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ATP Roland Garros: Novak Djokovic matches Roger Federer’s record

ATP Roland Garros: Novak Djokovic matches Roger Federer's record

World no. 1 Novak Djokovic claimed the 70th Roland Garros victory, beating Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and 23 minutes. It was another impressive performance from the world’s leading player, hitting ten aces and dropping two points behind the initial shot, facing only two break points in the third set.

Berankins was far from those numbers, spraying 25 unforced errors (Djokovic was on 25 winners and 14 mistakes) and suffering six breaks from seven chances offered to Novak to find himself on the losing side. The Serb had a massive advantage in the shortest rallies, dominating with his initial stroke and the first groundstroke to control the pace and sail into the next round without spending too much energy.

Making a strong start, Djokovic hit ten winners and six unforced errors in the opener, winning all points are landing the first serve in and never facing a break point. On the other hand, Berankis couldn’t make an impact behind the initial shot, dropping nine out of 14 points and getting broken twice to propel Novak towards 6-1 in 22 minutes.

Djokovic held at 30 in the first game with a forehand winner at the net and forced an error from Berankis in game two to build an early advantage. The Serb opened a 3-0 lead before the Lithuanian held at 15 to get his name on the scoreboard and reduce the deficit to 3-1.

World no. 1 produced another comfortable hold in game five, broke Berankis at love and sealed the opener with a hold at love following a forehand winner for 6-1 in no time. Berankis started to play a bit better in set number two, creating two break chances in the second game but wasting them both, suffering two breaks to propel Djokovic 6-1, 6-2 up.

Ricardas missed an easy forehand at the net in the first game, squandering those opportunities in the next one and holding at love in game three for 1-2.

Novak Djokovic is safely through to the third round in Paris.

A service winner sent Novak 3-1 in front, firing another in game six to remain in front.

Berankis suffered a break in game seven, allowing Novak to seal the set with another comfortable hold at 5-2 for 6-1, 6-2 in 53 minutes. Suffering from a back injury, Berankis called for a trainer ahead of set number three, spraying a forehand error in the first game to send Djokovic in front.

The Serb closed the second game with a hold at love after another unreturned serve, delivering another break in game three to move closer to the finish line. A forehand winner sent Novak 4-0 up, bringing the sixth game home in style and serving for the victory at 5-2.

World no. 1 sealed the deal with an ace in game eight, wrapping up an excellent performance and racing into the third round. It was Djokovic’s 70th victory at Roland Garros, becoming the second player with that many triumphs at all four Majors after Roger Federer.

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