Serbian star made to work in second round of French Open
Novak Djokovic overcame a stubborn challenge from Blaz Kavcic to reach the third round of the French Open with a 6-0 6-4 6-4 victory.The scoreline slightly flattered the world number one, as he was made to work hard in both the second and third sets.
But Djokovic, who is hoping to become the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four grand slam titles at the same time, was never in major trouble and eventually came through in two hours and 14 minutes.
It looked like it would be a much easier day for the Serb as he blasted through the first set in just 23 minutes without dropping a game.
But the second set was a much longer slog, with Slovenia's Kavcic finally getting on the board in the eighth game and then taking the next two games after that.
The world number 99 was trading well with Djokovic from the back of the court and even had a point to put himself two breaks up.
FightHowever, Djokovic fought back to level at 4-4 before himself breaking again to take the set when Kavcic, who ousted Lleyton Hewitt in the previous round, sent a backhand just wide.
Djokovic then had to wait until the 10th game of the third set to break the Kavcic serve for a sixth time, with the Slovenian fending off three match points before finally caving in and hitting a backhand long.
Djokovic said that a lapse in concentration allowed Kavcic to get back into the match after being dominated in the first set.
"I stopped. I gave him the opportunity to come back into the match after a perfect first seven games," Djokovic said.
But he added: "Everything is working great, I am feeling better and better every match. I was working very hard on my serve in the last two years and I am happy to see that I have got my serve to a very high level even on clay courts."
Ninth seed Juan Martin del Potrol also booked a spot in the third round, although he had to fight back from a set down to defeat Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-7 7-6 6-4 6-4.
Former champion Juan Carlos Ferrero was dumped out, however, after he was beaten 7-6 6-2 6-3 by 21st seed Marin Cilic.
Source : SkySport.com