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Novak Djokovic extends 13-year Roland Garros record, Carlos Alcaraz wins

ROLAND GARROS — Novak Djokovic made it 79 consecutive sets won in a row during the first two rounds of Roland Garros as he saw off Aleksandar Kovacevic 6-3 6-2 7-6(1).

His American opponent, who has a Serbian father and a Bosnian mother, grew up worshipping Djokovic, even taking a photo with him at the US Open back in 2005.

But he was unable to make much more an impact 18 years later as the 22-time grand slam champion’s remarkable record in the early rounds in Paris continued.

Not since 2010, when he beat Evgeny Korolev in four, has he lost a set in either of the first two rounds, and Kovacevic was the first opponent in an opening round match to have even forced a tie-break since 2013.

“He played very well, especially in the third set, in the second part of the third set, and made me work for my victory in the third set,” Djokovic said.

“He’s a very nice guy. We practiced with each other a few times actually during the US Open some years ago. And obviously we speak the same language, he has a Serbian background. We get along really well. I met his family, very nice people.

“He’s trying his best, and I think he’s got the game. He’s got the game, no doubt, to go far. How far, you know, it depends on various things. But, you know, I was pleasantly surprised with his level, considering he hasn’t played maybe that much on clay.

“He played really well, and he was handling himself very good there mentally, hanging in there. I served for the match, he broke me. Credit to him for fighting spirit.

“Of course I want to dominate whoever I play against regardless of the circumstances and who is across the net, but sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. I think I played really well and held things under control for two-and-a-half sets and then lost my serve and things got a little bit on a wrong side for me. But I managed to hold my nerves and played pretty much a perfect tie-break.”

Despite the scoreline, the match was not without incident as Djokovic became increasingly frustrated with the machine that senses a touch on the net and signals a let.

The Serb thought he had served a crucial ace to save break point in the third set – only for umpire John Blom to call a let.

“Ay come on, no, honestly,” shouted Djokovic.

“Five times. Check the machine, this is incredible.”

Blom replied: “I can’t overrule it. When it goes off, I believe you didn’t hear it.”

Djokovic said: “Can you check the machine because it’s happening for five times this match already?”

It did appear to throw Djokovic off a little, as he lost his serve and needed the breaker to decided the third, although he did dominate that, winning it 7-1, to seal victory in two hours and 26 minutes. He will face Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics in the second round on Wednesday.

His biggest rival for the title Carlos Alcaraz made even shorter work of his unfancied opponent, taking a two-set lead inside the first hour.

Italian qualifier Flavio Cobolli had won just two games by that point and even Suzanne Lenglen’s overwelmingly pro-Alcaraz crowd were willing him to join battle and prolong the entertainment.

The third set was gratifyingly competitive, although all Cobolli really did was draw the best out of Alcaraz, who pulled out all of his best tricks: the return winners, the drop shots, the absurd angles after running 20 metres at full speed. At one point he threaded a ball between the net post and the umpire’s chair for a winner. All Cobolli could do was laugh.

He claimed five games in the third set and even made Alcaraz sweat, but the Spaniard had the last laugh.

“I think I played great,” Alcaraz said.

“It’s been a great start here in Roland Garros, great match. In the third set I was in trouble a little bit.

“But at the end he played a good level so I’m really, really happy to get through the first round.”

French Open results in full, day 2

Men’s singles

  • (1) Carlos Alcaraz Garfia (Spa) bt Flavio Cobolli (Ita) 6-0 6-2 7-5
  • Taro Daniel (Jpn) bt Christopher O’Connell (Aus) 6-0 6-2 6-4
  • (26) Denis Shapovalov (Can) bt Brandon Nakashima (USA) 6-4 7-5 4-6 3-6 6-3
  • (14) Cameron Norrie (Gbr) bt Benoit Paire (Fra) 7-5 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4
  • Fabio Fognini (Ita) bt (10) Felix Auger-Aliassime (Can) 6-4 6-4 6-3
  • Diego Sebastian Schwartzman (Arg) bt (32) Bernabe Zapata Miralles (Spa) 1-6 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-0 6-4
  • (3) Novak Djokovic (Ser) bt Aleksandar Kovacevic (USA) 6-3 6-2 7-6 (7-1)
  • Luca Van Assche (Fra) bt Marco Cecchinato (Ita) 6-1 6-1 6-3
  • (29) Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (Spa) bt Arthur Fils (Fra) 6-1 4-6 6-3 6-3
  • (19) Roberto Bautista Agut (Spa) bt Yibing Wu (Chn) 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 6-1
  • Juan Pablo Varillas (Per) bt Juncheng Shang (Chn) 4-6 2-6 6-2 6-3 6-1
  • Stan Wawrinka (Swi) bt Albert Ramos-Vinolas (Spa) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 1-6 6-4
  • Marcos Giron (USA) bt Hamad Medjedovic (Ser) 6-0 6-2 1-6 6-0
  • Jiri Lehecka (Cze) bt (21) Jan-Lennard Struff (Ger) 7-5 1-6 6-3 3-6 6-1
  • Thiago Agustin Tirante (Arg) bt (25) Botic Van de Zandschulp (Ned) 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-4
  • Zhizhen Zhang (Chn) bt Dusan Lajovic (Ser) 6-1 4-1 ret
  • (8) Jannik Sinner (Ita) bt Alexandre Muller (Fra) 6-1 6-4 6-1
  • ]Daniel Altmaier (Ger) bt Marc-Andrea Huesler (Swi) 6-3 6-4 6-4
  • Aslan Karatsev (Rus) bt Alexei Popyrin (Aus) 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 6-2
  • (12) Frances Tiafoe (USA) bt Filip Krajinovic (Ser) 6-3 6-4 6-2
  • (15) Borna Coric (Cro) bt Federico Coria (Arg) 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-3
  • Pedro Cachin (Arg) bt Dominic Thiem (Aut) 6-3 6-2 6-7 (1-7) 4-6 6-2
  • Tomas Martin Etcheverry (Arg) bt Jack Draper (Gbr) 6-4 1-0 ret
  • (18) Alex De Minaur (Aus) bt Ilya Ivashka (Blr) 6-1 5-7 6-1 6-3

Women’s singles

  • Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Svk) bt (11) Veronika Kudermetova (Rus) 6-3 6-1
  • Aliona Bolsova (Spa) bt Kristina Kucova (Svk) 6-2 6-1
  • Kayla Day (USA) bt Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) 7-5 6-1
  • (20) Madison Keys (USA) bt Kaia Kanepi (Est) 6-1 3-6 6-1
  • (23) Ekaterina Alexandrova (Rus) bt Viktoriya Tomova (Bul) 6-1 2-6 6-1
  • Anna-Lena Friedsam (Ger) bt Nao Hibino (Jpn) 6-3 3-6 6-4
  • Diana Shnaider (Rus) bt Rebecca Marino (Can) 6-3 7-5
  • (14) Beatriz Haddad Maia (Bra) bt Tatjana Maria (Ger) 6-0 6-1
  • Elisabetta Cocciaretto (Ita) bt (10) Petra Kvitova (Cze) 6-3 6-4
  • Simona Waltert (Swi) bt Elizabeth Mandlik (USA) 6-1 4-6 6-2
  • Bernarda Pera (USA) bt Anett Kontaveit (Est) 7-6 (8-6) 6-2
  • (22) Donna Vekic (Cro) bt Dayana Yastremska (Ukr) 6-2 7-5
  • Elina Avanesyan (Rus) bt (12) Belinda Bencic (Swi) 6-3 2-6 6-4
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) bt Linda Fruhvirtova (Cze) 6-2 6-2
  • Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (Col) bt Ana Bogdan (Rom) 3-6 6-3 7-5
  • (5) Caroline Garcia (Fra) bt Xiyu Wang (Chn) 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-4
  • Anna Blinkova (Rus) bt Ysaline Bonaventure (Bel) 6-2 6-0
  • Elina Svitolina (Ukr) bt (26) Martina Trevisan (Ita) 6-2 6-2
  • (17) Jelena Ostapenko (Lat) bt Tereza Martincova (Cze) 6-3 7-5
  • Peyton Stearns (USA) bt Katerina Siniakova (Cze) 7-6 (9-7) 6-2
  • Marketa Vondrousova (Cze) bt Alycia Parks (USA) 6-4 6-0
  • Sloane Stephens (USA) bt (16) Karolina Pliskova (Cze) 6-0 6-4
  • Varvara Gracheva (Rus) bt Dalma Galfi (Hun) 6-4 2-6 6-1
  • Yulia Putintseva (Kaz) bt Maryna Zanevska (Bel) 7-5 7-6 (7-3)

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