Tennis

French Open: Novak Djokovic easily advances to 4th round

Novak Djokovic breezed into the fourth round of the French Open, easily dispatching of the 84th-ranked Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Nadal, Murray also move on

Novak Djokovic defeats Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to advance at French Open in Paris 0:45

Novak Djokovic seems in a hurry as he chases his ninth Grand Slam title — and the only one he's never won — racing into the French Open fourth round with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win against 19-year-old Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Rafael Nadal also is through. But his 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 victory against Andrey Kuznetsov was over too quickly to provide a real gauge of the form, spotty of late, of the nine-time French Open champion.

Nadal was on court for just over two hours. He has yet to drop a set in his 11th French campaign. Nadal next plays Jack Sock, the last U.S. man in the draw who blew past 18-year-old Borna Coric 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 to make the last 16 of a major for the first time.

Nadal hasn't played Sock before but is already wary of the 22-year-old.

"An amazing forehand, good serve, very good serve," the Spaniard said. "I have to play aggressive."

Against top-ranked Djokovic, 84th-ranked Kokkinakis dropped serve three times and could not force a single break point in a match lasting 1 hour, 49 minutes.

Djokovic's fourth-round opponent, Richard Gasquet, will have the support of the crowd. The Frenchman, ranked 21st, milked the fans' energy in beating 17th-ranked Kevin Anderson 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-4.

Five of the last 16 men are French — only the third time they've done that well since Grand Slam tournaments admitted professionals in 1968.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray extended his impressive winning streak on clay, into the fourth round with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 beating of Nick Kyrgios, whose big-hitting was hampered by a sore right serving arm.

Murray also plays a Frenchman next, Jeremy Chardy, ranked 45th. Chardy beat David Goffin, ranked 18th, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

Murray's coach, former women's No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo, had "make your own luck" written on her T-shirt. The third-ranked Briton has been doing just that with his improved game on the slippery clay dust.

"This is the best I have played on clay," he said. "The results would obviously suggest that."

In the women's draw, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and former French Open finalist Sara Errani both advanced. But 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone is out. Top-seeded Serena Williams was facing two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka.

Kvitova — a French Open semifinalist three years ago — won 6-3, 6-2 against Irina-Camelia Begu. Errani, ranked 17th, beat Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-3. Schiavone lost 7-5, 6-4 to Andreea Mitu, a Romanian who had never won a Grand Slam match before this tournament. Sloane Stephens was a 6-4, 6-1 winner against Tsvetana Pironkova.

On the men's side, U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic also advanced in style with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win against Leonardo Mayer. David Ferrer, runner-up at the French in 2013, laboured 6-3, 1-6, 5-7, 6-0, 6-1 in beating Simone Bolelli, ranked 60th. Ferrer and Cilic next play each other.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.