PARIS   – Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on Thursday both progressed to the third round of the ongoing French Open.

Djokovic defeated Argentine’s Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 at Court Suzanne Lenglen while Federer outclassed Croatia’s Marin Cilic 6-2, 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 at Court Philippe-Chatrier. In his match, Djokovic won the first set against Cuevas quite comprehensively and the world number one displayed his A-game, giving his opponent no chance.

The world number one Djokovic continued with his momentum and he marched on in the second set as well and he just needed victory in one more set to wrap up the match in straight sets, without breaking a sweat. The 34-year-old then went on to win the third set, and as a result, he wrapped up the match in straight sets, progressing to the third round.

On the other hand, Federer was on the top of his game from the very first set and he just dropped two games in the first set, winning it 6-2. However, Cilic made a strong comeback in the second set, and he threw Federer off his game. The Swiss did not have any answers, and as a result, the second-round match was destined to head to at least the fourth set.

The third set also went down to the wire Federer and Cilic, but the former managed to hold his ground and he won the set 7-6, and he was just one set away from progressing to the third round. Federer then clinched the fourth set, and as a result, he progressed to the next round.

Italian teenager Jannik Sinner overcame compatriot Gianluca Mager 6-1 7-5 3-6 6-3 to become the fourth Italian man to progress to the third round at Roland Garros this week. He follows fellow teenager Lorenzo Musetti, ninth seed Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini into the third round, with Marco Cecchinato able to make it five in the last-32 for a second year in a row when he takes on Australia’s Alex de Minaur.

Frenchman Gael Monfils struggled for rhythm as he conceded 10 of the last 13 games in a 6-0 2-6 6-4 6-3 defeat by Swedish youngster Mikael Ymer. Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, who reached the semi-finals last year, saw off Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene 6-4 6-2 6-4. American Sloane Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open winner, claimed her first win over a top-10 opponent since 2018, defeating world number 10 Karolina Pliskova 7-5 6-1.

World number one Ash Barty retired from her second round match against Poland’s Magda Linette with an injury, while trailing 6-1 2-2. The Australian was struggling with a hip injury this week and started the match with taping on her left thigh. Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina enjoyed a comfortable 6-0 6-4 victory over American Ann Li on Court Suzanne-Lenglen. Elsewhere, American fourth seed Sofia Kenin beat compatriot Hailey Baptiste 7-5 6-3.


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