This Monday, for his entry into the running at Roland-Garros, Novak Djokovic logically dominated Aleksandar Kovacevic in three sets but still had to work in the last round.
A formality or almost to start. Obviously expected on the Philippe-Chatrier court for his entry into the running at Roland-Garros, Novak Djokovic did not disappoint this Monday afternoon. Opposed to Aleksandar Kovacevic (114th in the world), the Serb ideally started the second Grand Slam of the season by winning in three sets (6-3, 6-2, 7-6) and 2h29 of play. On clay in Paris, the current world number three in the ATP rankings first played against the young American.
Indeed, after pocketing the first set, thanks to a 3-2 break, Djokovic left only crumbs for his opponent in the second set. By taking the service of his opponent in the first game, the native of Belgrade broke away from the start and then confirmed his lead by making a new break, 3-1. On the Porte d’Auteuil side, everything seemed to be going well then for the man with 22 Grand Slam titles.
A slight drop in speed in the 3rd set
Especially since the latter again took Kovacevic’s service from the start in the third set. It was then that the Serbian machine got a little jammed. While he had no break points to save on Monday, Djokovic was surprised by the American, who took the opportunity to pick up at 3-3. Behind, if “Nole” took control of this round and led 5-3, the native of New York did not let go, came back and was even able to push the world number three to the decisive game.
But, in the tie-break, the Serb ensured and left no chance for the American (beaten 7-1). After his quarter-final defeat in Rome against Holger Rune, Djokovic therefore ensured his debut at Roland-Garros, despite a little slack at the end of the match. Following this success, the latter is now 86 wins on clay in Paris, only Rafael Nadal does better. In the next round, “Djoko” will face the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.