It was all to easy for world number one Novak Djokovic on day three of the French Open as the Serbian kept up hopes of the winning only grandslam that has alluded him so far with an easy win over qualifier Yen Hsun Lu.
The 11-time grand slam champion barely broke a sweat in a comfortable 6-4 6-1 6-1 straight sets win over Chinese Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4 6-1 6-1 as he sets his sights on a first French Open title.
It was also an easy day at the office for Rafael Nadal as the nine-time French Open winner took only one hour and 20 minutes to overcome Aussie Sam Groth in straight sets 6-1 6-1 6-1.
However, Andy Murray was made to work for his place in the second round as the Scot came from two sets down to avoid a shock exit at Roland Garros to secure a hard-fought 3-6 3-6 6-0 6-3 7-5 victory over Czech Radek Stepanek.
Hometown man Jo Wilfried Tsonga overcame spirited German Jan-Leannard Struff in straight sets 6-3 6-4 6-4, while Tomas Berdych also suffered no major problems as the seventh seed comfortably saw off Canadian Vadek Pospisil in straight sets 6-3 6-2 6-1.
John Isner came from a set down and overcame two gruelling tie-breaks to clinch his spot in the next round with a 6-7 (4/7) 7-6 (14/12) 7-6 (9/7) 7-5 over Australia’s John Millman.
Spain’s Feliciano Lopez saw off spirited Italian Thomas Fabbiano 6-4 6-4 3-6 6-2 and will be joined int he next round by compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut, who bragged a 6-3 6-3 6-1 straight sets win over Dmitry Tursunov of Russia.
David Ferrer joins his fellow Spaniards in the second round with a dominant 6-1 6-2 6-0 victory over Russian Evgeny Donskoy, while Aussie Bernard Tomic also cruised through with a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory over American Brian Baker.
In women’s action, there was a shock exit for Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber as world number 58 Kiki Bertens stunned the German with a lost 6-2 3-6 6-3.to secure her place in the next round.
World number one Serena Williams cruised into the second round with a 6-2 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, but sister Venus Williams needed two tie breaks to beat Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/4).
British pair Johanna Konta and Laura Robson both fell at the first hurdle as Robson lost out to 28th seed Andrea Petkovic, while British number one Konta was outclassed 6-2 6-3 by Germany’s Julia Goerges.
Fifth seed Viktoria Azarenka was forced to retire as Italy’s Karin Knapp led the Belrussian 6-3 6-7 (8/6) 4-0 in the deciding set , while Russian Ekaterina Makarova had to come from a set behind to beat Vavara Lepchenko of Ukraine 5-7 6-4 6-3.
Spain’s Carla Saurez Navarro needed three sets to see off Katerina Sinakova of Czech Republic 6-2 4-6 6-2, while 21st seed Sam Stousr avoided any early exit with a closely fought 6-4 2-6 6-3 win over Japan’s Misaki Doi
Serbian Ana Ivanovic booked her place in the second round with a 6-0 5-7 6-2 win over France’s Oceane Dodin, while it was also an easy day for eighth seed Timea Bacsinszky, who bagged an easy 6-3 6-1 win over Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa.
Madison Keys eased into the second round with a 6-3 6-2 win over Donna Vekic of Croatia, while Canadian Eugenie Bouchard joins the American in the next round after a comfortable 6-2 6-2 win over German Laura Siegemund.