In the torpor of the night session, Novak Djokovic was quick to oust Tennys Sandgren from the Roland-Garros table and go to the second round.
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After the qualifications of Roger Federer the day before and Rafael Nadal a few hours earlier on the same Philippe-Chatrier court, Novak Djokovic has also validated his ticket for the second round of Roland-Garros. The outgoing finalist won without trembling against the American Tennys Sandgren, 66th player in the world, in three sets (6-2, 6-4, 6-2) and 1h58 of play. If the latter has never stopped to fight, the Serb was simply better than him.
The Serbian announced the color by taking the service of his opponent from the first game of the first set. Faced with a Tennys Sandgren who only managed to pass 54% of his first balls and especially to score only three points in return of service, Novak Djokovic flew over the first act. The second started off the same way for the Serbian with a break from the start, but the conclusion was less easy. Two of his face-offs were threatened by the American, but he dismissed without batting an eyelid each of the six break points he suffered.
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The third set coincided with a rise in tensions. Sandgren was initially given a warning after sending a missile to a grandstand between two points. Djokovic celebrated a few moments later the validation of the break at 1-1 with an excessive cry. The two players also challenged the referee of the meeting for noise nuisance while around twenty people were present in the stands.
The chair umpire had, on two occasions, to call to order certain people who were discussing while turning their backs on the second “night session” in the history of Roland-Garros. All this did not prevent Novak Djokovic from winning, without giving up any service game to Tennys Sandgren, before being very neutral after his victory. On the other hand, he quipped about the projectors “very bright“. It is Pablo Cuevas who will stand in his way in the second round, he who offered Lucas Pouille earlier in the day.
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