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Djokovic cruises into French Open 2nd round

Paris, Jun 1 (EFE).- Serbian world No. 1 Novak Djokovic booked his place in the French Open second round with a straight-forward 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 victory Tuesday night over American Tennys Sandgren.

Djokovic, who had expressed confidence about his title pursuit at Roland Garros after winning a tune-up event in his native Belgrade last week, clinched the win in what was the first-ever men’s night session on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

The Serbian’s night started relatively stress-free as he broke serve twice and did not face a single break point in capturing the opening set.

Sandgren was more competitive in the second set, but Djokovic remained in control by jealously guarding his service games and making effective use of the drop shot.

The Serbian then raced out to a big lead in the third set with more solid play and wrapped up his victory in just under two hours.

“Overall from (the) later stages of the Rome tournament until now, I’m just finding my groove on the court and striking the ball well,” Djokovic said afterward. “Very pleased with the way I’m feeling and playing on the court.”

The winner of the 2016 Roland Garros event is trying once again at this year’s French Open to become the first male player in Open Era history to win all four Grand Slam tennis tournaments at least twice.

The 18-time Grand Slam champion will next square off in the second round against Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas, a 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 winner Tuesday over France’s Lucas Pouille. EFE

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