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French Open 2023: Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz ease through opening round

Both among the favourites for Roland Garros glory this year in the absence of injured 14-time winner Rafael Nadal from the men’s singles draw, there was never a possibility of either top seed being ousted in a major shock on day two of the Grand Slam.

Djokovic overcame American debutant Aleksandar Kovacevic 6-3 6-2 7-6 (7-1), setting up a second-round meeting with Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics on Wednesday as he looks to take advantage of Nadal’s absence with a persistent hip issue and move one clear in the battle for the most all-time Majors with his 23rd.

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