Djokovic storms ahead, Ostapenko stuns Pliskova

PARIS: Throwing the pursue for the women’s title wide-open world number one Novak Djokovic took another sure pace closer to an 18th Grand Slam title with his 70th win at Roland Garros on Thursday as Jelena Ostapenko amazed second seed Karolina Pliskova.

Destruction of Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis Djokovic the 2016 champion needed just 83 minutes to complete a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.

Although still 25 after Rafael Nadal’s all time best the top seed went level with Roger Federer for victories at the tournament.

For a place in the last 16, he will now face Colombian lucky loser Daniel Elahi Galan ranked 153.

“It was difficult for Ricardas in the third set as he had an injury and couldn’t move very well,” said Djokovic whose afternoon amble eased by his enemy needing treatment on a back problem after the second set.

He also said, “But I felt good just as I did in the first round and I want to continue like that.”

Against Mikael Ymer who likened facing the Serb to a wind, killing its quarry Djokovic request to become the first man in half a century to win all four majors twice and only dropped five games in his first round match.

His only beat coming using banning from the US Open conquest extended his 2020 record to 33-1.

Triumphing 6-4, 6-2 on the back of 27 winner’s Former champion Ostapenko swept second seed Pliskova out of the tournament.

As well as US Open winner Naomi Osaka in a women’s draw spooling from the injury compulsory removal of Serena Williams and the deficiency of world number one and defensive champion Ashleigh Barty world number 43 Ostapenko pressed her case for a second Paris title after her shock 2017 breach.

The 2017 US Open winner and 2018 runner-up in Paris 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 she will now face Spain’s Paula Badosa who put out Sloane Stephens.

The third round in her eight other exteriors at the French Open Pliskova 28 made the semi-finals in 2017 but has now failed to get past.

23-year-old Ostapenko who had lost in the first round in her last two visits said, “I tried to be aggressive but not miss too much as she’s such a great player.”

Ninth seed Denis Shapovalov dedicated 106 voluntary errors as he stopped out next a 7-5, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 8-6 loss to Roberto Carballes Baena.

Suzanne Lenglen to set up a fight with 18th seed Grigor Dimitrov Spanish world number 101 Carballes Baena triumph after a five hour fight on Court.

Shapovalov reached the quarterfinals of the US Open double served for the match in the final set at 5-4 and 6-5, but busted three times in sequence.

“It’s a dream for me to win a match like this on this court,” said Carballes Baena, 27, after advancing to the third round of a main for the first time.

In additional, “Shapovalov is very good but I did a very good match.”

Dimitrov downed Slovakia’s Andrej Martin 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 to reach the third round for a fourth consecutive year.

Petra Kvitova best Roland Garros run were the semi-finals in 2012 also moving on was two-time Wimbledon winner.

To list her 25th French Open win the seventh seed defeated Italy’s 94th-ranked Jasmine Paolini 6-3, 6-3.

Champion, who reached the last 32 of a Slam for the first time by seeing off Polona Hercog 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 Kvitova next faces 18-year-old Leylah Fernandez of Canada last year is junior.

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