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.
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.
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.