French Open Day 3: Djokovic defence gets off to winning start, Kvitova made to work

World number one Novak Djokovic was made to work for his spot in the second round of the French Open as the defending champion was given a tough test by Jarkko Nieminen.

Finland’s Nieminen came close to taking the second set after scoring a break point but the champion broke straight back and the Finn never recovered as Djokovic sealed a 6-2 7-5 6-2 straight sets win.

Novak Djokovic overcame a slight scare to reach the next round image: newsday.com

Novak Djokovic overcame a slight scare in the second set to reach the next round
image: newsday.com

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal never looked like losing to French wildcard Quentin Halys as the Spaniard bagged a 6-3 6-3 6-4 win at Roland Garros.

However, Grigor Dimitrov’s French Open is over as he fell to American Jack Sock 7-6 (9/7) 6-2 6-3, but their were no problems for ninth seed Marin Cilic as he recorded a 6-2 6-4 6-2 win over Dutchman Robin Hasse.

Seventh seed David Ferrer overcame Lukas Lacko of Slovakia with an easy straight sets 6-1 6-3 6-1 win, which Frenchman Richard Gasquet saw off the fight of Belgium’s Germain Gigounon 6-3 6-4 6-0.

In women’s action, World number one Serena Williams did not follow her sister Venus with an early exit as she comfortably booked her spot in the second round with a 6-2 6-3 win over Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic.

Fourth seed Petra Kvitova had to dig deep to book her spot in the next round as she overcame New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic in a deciding set with a 6-4 3-6 6-4 win for the Czech woman.

Petra Kvitova needed a decider to book her spot in the second round image: rte.ie

Petra Kvitova needed a decider to book her spot in the second round
image: rte.ie

Fifth seed Carloline Wozniacki saw off Karin Knapp of Italy in a 6-3 6-0 straight sets victory, but Eugenie Bouchard’s tournament is over prematurely as France’s Kristina Mladenovic stunned the Canadian 6-4 6-4.

Young American Madison Keys needed a first set tie-breaker to see off compatriot Varvara Lepchenko to book her spot in the second round with a 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 win.

You can check out more results from day three of the French Open here.

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