The Serbian Novak Djokovic, No. 1 in the world, and the Argentine Diego Schwartzman (10th), both with the aspiration of lifting the Musketeers’ Cup on June 23 in Paris, took another step towards the goal this Thursday by overcoming the Roland Garros second round.
Among the South American representation, the victory of ‘Peque’ put the positive point to a day in which his compatriot Federico Coria and the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas said goodbye.
The latter crashed into the wall Djokovic, winner 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and six minutes into the game.
And that Cuevas offered resistance at times against a ‘Nole’ in search of his 19th Grand Slam and that he has not yet yielded a set in this edition of Roland Garros.
The 34-year-old Serbian also seeks to become the first tennis player in more than 50 years to win the four ‘Big’ on more than one occasion.
“I was focused, I think the third set was very difficult for me because he raised the level of his game,” said Djokovic.
“It is a cliché to say ‘day by day’, but it is very important for me to focus on the present,” he added.
Djokovic will face Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis in search of ensuring his presence in the second week of the tournament. The 2016 Roland Garros champion won all three of his previous meetings against the Lithuanian.
Cuevas, 35, leaves his twelfth appearance without being able to meet the challenge of achieving his best result on brick dust in Paris, the third round achieved in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019.
Shortly before, Schwartzman also met, who like ‘Djoko’ still does not give up a set in Paris. His victim this Thursday was the Slovenian Aljaz Bedene (56th), whom he defeated 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.
It is the fourth time in his last five participations in the Parisian Grand Slam that the Buenos Aires native has been classified among the top 32.
Under the radiant Parisian sun, and after successfully completing his third match ball against Bedene, the shadow of ‘Peque’ continues to grow in Paris.
The same cannot be said of his compatriot Federico Coria (94th in the ATP ranking), who said goodbye to Roland Garros this Thursday after losing to Italian Matteo Berrettini (ninth racket in the world) 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 .
The 29-year-old from Rosario, the executioner of the Spanish Feliciano López in the first round, could not thus sneak into the top 32 of the Parisian Grand Slam as he did in his first appearance at Roland Garros, in 2020.
“He is a top-10, they are very complete, Matteo serves like an animal, in the second set I deserved something more … I don’t know what would have happened, but it would have been good to specify some of the possibilities I had,” Coria explained at a press conference .
The Swiss also went ahead with 20 ‘Grandes’ in his record Roger Federer, self-discarded for the final victory at Roland Garros according to his own statements, but who eliminated on Thursday a former world number 3 like the Croatian Marin Cilic (47th).
The French debacle in the men’s box also stands out.
With the defeat this Thursday of Gaël Monfils, 15th in the world, against the Swede Mikael Ymer (105th) in the second round of Roland Garros, only Richard Gasquet remains in the men’s draw of the tournament after 17 of the 18 French tennis players who started the Parisian Grand Slam have fallen in the first two rounds.
Gasquet takes on 13-time Roland Garros champion Rafa Nadal this Thursday in the night session, to whom he has lost all 16 of his previous matches.
In case of losing, it will be the first time in the Open era (since 1968) that there will be no French tennis player in the third round of the men’s draw in Paris. (GG) (AFP)
– Results of Thursday’s day at Roland Garros.
– Men’s Singles – Second round
Novak Djokovic (SRB / N.1) defeated Pablo Cuevas (URU) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
Ricardas Berankis (LTU) beat James Duckworth (AUS) 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-0
Marco Cecchinato (ITA) to Alex De Miñaur (AUS / N.21) 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) bt Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) 7-5, 6-3, 6-2
Matteo Berrettini (ITA / N.9) to Federico Coria (ARG) 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
Soonwoo Kwon (KOR) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-4, 7-5, 7-5
Dominik Koepfer (GER) bt Taylor Fritz (USA / N.30) 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
Roger Federer (SUI / N.8) to Marin Cilic (CRO) 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2
Cameron Norrie (GBR) bt Lloyd Harris (RSA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
Jannik Sinner (ITA / N.18) bt Gianluca Mager (ITA) 6-1, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
Mikael Ymer (SWE) bt Gael Monfils (FRA / N.14) 6-0, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Diego Schwartzman (ARG / N.10) to Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) bt Aslan Karatsev (RUS / N.24) 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-1