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Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer ease into French third round

Updated: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 22:17 | Comments

Roger Federer had no problems getting through to round three Novak Djokovic serves to France's Jeremy Chardy during their French tennis Open second round match
Roger Federer had no problems getting through to round three Novak Djokovic serves to France's Jeremy Chardy during their French tennis Open second round match

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer eased into the third round of the French Open with comprehensive straight-set wins at Roland Garros.

The clay court showpiece is the only Grand Slam to have eluded Djokovic so far in his career but he looked in ferocious form as he blew away Jeremy Chardy in just an hour and 31 minutes, 6-1 6-4 6-2. 

Chardy held serve in his opening game but when he dropped the fourth, the world number two never looked back.

Djokovic was demonstrating all of his trademark athleticism to make it hard for his opponent but Chardy was not helping himself with unforced errors and the Serbian closed out the set in just 25 minutes.

FULL RESULTS

Djokovic broke Chardy in the first game of the second but the Frenchman broke right back before dropping his serve again with a double fault to hand the initiative back to his opponent.

The rest of the set went with serve and Djokovic never looked overly troubled as he appeared to be going through the motions.

Djokovic made it five from five on break point in the opening game of the third and looked set to steamroller his way to victory but he handed Chardy a second serve as he attempted to break back and the world number 42 took advantage with a crushing forehand.

The run of breaks continued as Djokovic took the next and he was well in control despite letting out an almighty cry of frustration when sending a backhand into the net.

Djokovic dropped his first two break points of the match in the next but made no mistake with the third, a backhand pass securing a 4-1 lead and ending Chardy's resistance.

The remaining games went with serve as the rain began to fall on Court Philippe Chatrier and Djokovic eased into the next round.

Federer restored order with his 60th victory at the French Open to reach the third round.

When Federer and Argentina's Diego Sebastian Schwartzman took to Court Suzanne Lenglen, the crowd were still reeling from Serena Williams' shock exit at the hands of Garbine Muguruza.

Coupled with Federer's countryman Stan Wawrinka and his fellow Australian Open champion Li Na both losing in the first round, there was no doubt the tennis world had been rocked significantly off its axis.

Schwartzman, a qualifier playing in the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time, hinted at more drama to come when he broke the Federer serve in the third game but the 17-time Grand Slam champion hit back swiftly to win 6-3 6-4 6-4.

From 2-1 down, Federer won four games in a row and a single break of serve in the second and third sets proved enough, although 21-year-old Schwartzman played a very good match.

In the third round Federer will play 31st seed Dmitry Tursunov, who beat American Sam Querrey 6-4 7-5 6-1.

Djokovic faces a potentially tricky match next against 25th seed Marin Cilic, who beat Tobias Kamke in four sets.

Sixth seed Tomas Berdych had to fight back from a set down on his way to a 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 7-5 6-3 victory over Kazakh Aleksandr Nedovyesov and will play in-form Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who defeated Federer in the quarter-finals last year, has had a miserable season so far but was on good form in a straight-sets win over Jurgen Melzer.

There were also wins for eighth seed Milos Raonic, Gilles Simon, Tommy Robredo, Jerzy Janowicz and Ernests Gulbis but Mikhail Youzhny and Alexandr Dolgopolov are out.

On Thursday, the match of the day sees Nadal back on Philippe Chatrier against 20-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem, who defeated Wawrinka in Madrid earlier this month.

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