Novak Djokovic eases into the French Open second round after a three-set victory over Aleksandar Kovacevic… but world No 3 is the latest to fall foul to jeers from Roland Garros crowd
- Novak Djokovic cruised into the French Open second round at Roland Garros
- The world No 3 triumphed 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 in just under two hours and 30 minutes
- He is searching for a record major title that would see him surpass Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic eased into the French Open second round with a three-set victory over American Aleksandar Kovacevic.
The Serbian world No 3 became the latest to fall foul to the jeers of the partisan Parisian crowd at Roland Garros, who controversially booed Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk yesterday and also took umbrage with Brit Cameron Norrie over-celebrating his win this morning.
The fans on Court Philippe Chatrier cheered every point of Kovacevic, who has Serbian descent, especially in the third set when he put up a good fight.
But when Djokovic broke the youngster’s serve in that set, he put his finger to his ear to wind up the crowd. That gesture was swiftly reciprocated by loud jeers.
In just under 2hours 30minutes, two-time French Open winner Djokovic won 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 after his opponent forced a third-set tiebreak.
Novak Djokovic eased into the French Open second round after beating Aleksandar Kovacevic
World No 3 Djokovic (above) was the latest to fall foul to the jeers of the Roland Garros crowd
‘It’s such a pleasure to be here, one of the greatest tournaments in the world,’ he said. ‘I have felt so many emotions playing here in the last 20 years.
‘I am now very motivated and I want to go all the way. Congratulations to Aleksandar, he is a great player.
‘Can we switch to English now as I have used all the words I know in French?!’
Djokovic comes into this tournament under-prepared having not played much clay-court action this season but will play himself into form at the French Open as he searches for a second Grand Slam of the year.
The Australian Open winner is searching for a record-setting 23rd major title, which will take him ahead of injured Rafa Nadal.
Djokovic will play Hungarian world No 83 Marton Fucsovics in the next round, after the 31-year-old beat French wildcard Hugo Grenier in the first round.
In just under 2 hours and 30 minutes, American Kovacevic was defeated 6-3, 6-2, 7-6
Djokovic is targeting a record-setting 23rd major title, which would see him surpass Rafa Nadal
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