French Open Day 5: All too easy for top seed Djokovic, Williams sisters safely through

It was once again all too easy for world number one Novak Djokovic on day five of the French Open as Belgian Steve Darcis proved no match for the Serbian.

Djokovic – who targets a first French Open title – is yet to drop a set as he overcame a tough fight from the Belgian in the first set to book his place in the next round with a 7-5 6-3 6-4 straight sets victory.

Novak Djokovic image: atpworldtour.com

Novak Djokovic will face Great Britain’s Ajjaz Bedene in the third round
image: atpworldtour.com

Rafael Nadal bagged a double century of grand slam match wins as the Spaniard cruised past Argentine challenger Facundo Bagnis 6-3 6-0 6-3 to keep hopes of a 10th title at Roland Garros alive.

France’s own Jo Wilfried Tsonga had to come from two sets down to book his place in the third round with a hard-fought 6-7(6) 3-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 win over Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.

Seventh seed Tomas Berdych was made to work for his place in the third round with a 6-1 2-6 6-2 6-4 win over Malek Jaziri of Tunisia, while Spain’s David Ferrer had to come from a set down to beat Juan Monaco of Argentina  6-7 (4/7) 6-3 6-4 6-2.

12th seed David Goffin had no problems against his Argentine opponent Carlos Berlocq in a comfortable 7-5 6-1 6-4 win for the Belgian, while 13th seed Dominic Thiem overcame the tough fight of Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-5 6-4 7-6 (7/3).

Aussie Bernard Tomic fell at the second hurdle as Croatian Borna Coric battled from a set down to beat the 20th seed 3-6 6-2 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (8/6), while Portugal’s Joao Sousa also heads home after a 6-2 7-5 6-3 defeat to Latvian Ernests Gulbis.

There was better news for Britain’s Aljaz Bedene, as he reached the third round of the French Open for the first time with a hard-fought 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 4-6 5-7 6-2 five-set victory against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.

In women’s action, defending champion Serena Williams barely broke sweat as she brushed aside Brazilian Teliana Pereira 6-2 6-1 in comfortably seal her passage into the next round.

There were also no problems for sister Venus Williams as she aims for an eight grandslam title with a comfortable 6-2 6-1 win over fellow American Luisa Chirico.

Serena Williams image: uk.sports.yahoo.com

Serena Williams cruised past Teliana Pereira to reach the third round
image: uk.sports.yahoo.com

Kiki Bertens followed up her victory over Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber with an easy 6-4 6-1 win over Italian Camila Giorgi, while eighth seed Timea Bacsinszky brushed past Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-4 6-4 to reach the third round.

Ukraine’s 18th seed Evolina Stivolina also comfortably booked her spot in the third round with a 6-3 6-0 win over American Taylor Townsend, while Ana Ivanovic is also safely through with a 7-5 6-1 win over Japan’s Kurumi Nara.

It was also a good day at the office for Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro who eased to a 6-1 6-3 win over China’s Qiang Wang and it was also the case for  Madison Keys, who beat Colombian Mariana Duque-Marino 6-3 6-2.

 You can check out more results from day five at Roland Garros at this link.

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