The World No. 1 received 61 p.c of his return factors (44/72) to breeze previous Mikael Ymer 6-0, 6-2, 6-Three on the brand new Court Philippe-Chatrier, proving too constant for his opponent as he recorded his 16th consecutive first-round victory on the Paris main.
Novak Djokovic’s bid to turn out to be the primary man in half a century to win all 4 Grand Slam titles twice bought off to an easy begin yesterday at Roland Garros. World primary Djokovic, returning to Grand Slam motion for the primary time since his US Open disqualification, eased previous Sweden’s Mikael Ymer, ranked 80, in straight units 6-0, 6-2, 6-3.
It was his 32nd win in 33 matches in 2020 and stored him heading in the right direction for a second French Open title following his 2016 triumph, and 18th profession main.
“It’s always a pleasure to return to Paris on Philippe Chatrier, this important court. The atmosphere is a little different this year with few fans but I remain motivated to win the title,” stated Djokovic, solely one among two males to have defeated 12-time champion, Rafael Nadal, in 15 years in Paris.
Djokovic, who suffered no fast hangover from his US Open controversy by shortly wrapping up a file 36th Masters title in Rome on the eve of Roland Garros, subsequent faces Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis.
The 33-year-old is within the second spherical for a record-equalling 16th time, matching Guillermo Vilas and Nadal. Second seed Karolina Pliskova ended Mayar Sherif’s fairytale Grand Slam breakthrough to arrange a second-round conflict in opposition to former champ Jelena Ostapenko.
Pliskova, a semi-finalist in 2017, squandered eight set factors within the opener as world quantity 172 Sherif, the primary Egyptian girl to play in the principle draw at a Slam, took a shock lead. However, the Czech’s higher expertise finally informed as she recovered to progress 6-7 (9), 6-2, 6-4.
“I think she was playing very smart today. Of course, she had a lot of confidence just winning three matches from quallies,” stated Pliskova of her 24-year-old opponent. “She had nothing to lose.”Latvia’s Ostapenko, the world 43, received her first match on the French Open since sweeping to her shock 2017 title when she fired 46 winners previous Madison Brengle of the United States to win 6-2, 6-1.
“After I won here it was a tough time. I had to get used to the pressure but now it’s all gone,” stated the 23-year-old Ostapenko.
Denmark’s Clara Tauson, simply 17 and a qualifier unleashed 48 winners to knock out American 21st seed and US Open semi-finalist Jennifer Brady 6-4, 3-6, 9-7. Tauson additionally saved two match factors on her strategy to a maiden profession essential draw win.
Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin recovered from a break down within the remaining set to defeat 125th-ranked Russian Liudmila Samsonova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Fourth seed Kenin, who dumped out Serena Williams in Paris a 12 months in the past, fought again from 2-Zero down within the decider to advance to a second-round tie in opposition to Romania’s Ana Bogdan.
Russian 13th seed Andrey Rublev got here again from the brink to beat American Sam Querrey in 5 units. Trailing by two units and 5-2 to the big-serving Querrey it appeared as if Rublev was about to endure the same first-round destiny to his fourth-seeded compatriot Daniil Medvedev. The 22-year-old had by no means recovered a two-set deficit earlier than however confirmed unimaginable battle to step by step flip the match round to win 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4, 6-Three in three hours and 17 minutes.
World quantity six Stefanos Tsitsipas too clawed his means again from two units all the way down to beat little-known Jaume Munar 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4, and survive a first-round scare yesterday.