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French Open 2023: Novak Djokovic rolls into third spherical after straight items win over Marton Fucsovics

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India Today Sports Desk

By India Today Sports Desk: World No. 2 Novak Djokovic rolled into Round 3 of the French Open 2023 after a straight-sets victory over World No. 83 Marton Fucsovics on Wednesday. Playing inside the night time time session on the Philippe Chatrier, the third seed launched out his biggest after surviving a scare inside the opening set in opposition to his 31-year-old opponent.

Djokovic wished an hour and half-hour to win the first set, which went proper right into a tie-breaker. The Serb regarded shaky as Fucsovics, an expert campaigner on clay, gave it his all to examine the 22-time Grand Slam champion.

However, Djokovic raised his diploma inside the first set tiebreaker sooner than bageling his opponent inside the second set.

Djokovic and Fuscovics traded breaks inside the third set nevertheless the Serb showcased his class to complete a 7-6 (2), 6-0, 6-3 win inside the males’s singles second-round match in 2 hours and 44 minutes.

Djokovic will subsequent face 23-year-old up-and-coming Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina inside the third spherical in Paris.

Notably, that’s the 18th successive time Djokovic has made it to the third spherical on the Roland Garros, which he has gained twice.

Djokovic and Fucsovics hit 28 winners each nevertheless the Serb’s first-serve share of 62 p.c when compared together with his opponent’s 53 saved him ahead. Djokovic moreover reworked 8 of the 12 break stage options he wanted to place relentless pressure on Fucsovics inside the 2nd and third items.

It was an excellent match the place Djokovic warmed up for bigger battles that he may very well be going by means of inside the coming days. Djokovic is prepared for a attainable 4th-round battle in opposition to thirteenth seed Hubert Hurkacz in a jam-packed prime half of the draw which moreover has World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz and World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Alcaraz, on Wednesday, wished 4 items to beat an impressed World no. 112 Taro Daniel of Japan.

Djokovic moreover steered away from setting up any political remarks on the courtroom after his contact upon Kosovo following his first-round win in Paris created a stir.

Djokovic’s “Kosovo is the heart of Serbia” message on the digicam at Roland Garros did not violate any tips on account of the Grand Slam rulebook would not ban political statements, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) talked about on Wednesday.

The 2-time champion wrote the message on a digicam lens after his first-round victory on Monday, the similar day that 30 NATO peacekeeping troops had been hurt in clashes with Serb protesters inside the Kosovo metropolis of Zvecan – the place Djokovic’s father grew up.