Novak Djokovic scorched a path into the French Open second round with a 6-2 6-1 6-3 victory on Monday over Thiemo de Bakker as his red-hot streak showed no signs of burning out in warm sunshine, according to Eurosport.
The Serbian second seed racked up his 38th straight win since the start of the season against the helpless Dutchman, who had one break point late in the second set when what he thought was a booming winner turned out to be just over the line.
France’s Benoit Paire or Romanian Victor Hanescu will be his next opponent as Australian Open champion Djokovic, constantly improving on clay, bids for his first Roland Garros title.
Djokovic’s Serbian compatriot and fifth-seed Viktor Troicki claimed a comfortable 6-4 6-3 6-3 victory against German Julian Reister, as twelfth-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny also booked his place in the second round at Roland Garros – with a 7-5 6-2 6-4 victory over Japan’s Go Soeda.
Holder Francesca Schiavone began her French Open campaign with a fleeting but impressive appearance on centre court, dismissing American Melanie Oudin 6-2 6-0 to reach the second round.
The Italian fifth seed dropped serve in the opening game but quickly got her act together on the court where she was surprisingly crowned champion last year.
“I’m still shaking a little bit. A lot of adrenaline,” 30-year-old Schiavone said. “I felt really happy to be there. The court is perfect. It is like when you go home and your mamma does everything for you and you feel comfortable.”
On a hot and sunny day in Paris, Schiavone took just 62 minutes to overcome the world number 88.
Irina Begu and Edina Gallovits in the second round
Romanian woman player Irina Begu defeated Aravane Rezai (ATP 41) 6-3, 6-3 on Monday. “The last game was painful to watch – Irina too nervous to serve, Aravane to nervous to return. We had a moonball rally (like the Gumball Rally, only with more air) and then Aravane sent a backhand about halfway down the net. Poor girl – she’s mentally shot. Begu meanwhile will face 2009 winer Sveta Kuznetsova”, the official website of the competition commented. In another game Romanian Edina Gallovits qualified for the second round, after beating German player Angelique Kerber 2-6 6-3 6-1. She will next play against Australian Anastasia Rodionova, who defeated Russian Nadia Petrova 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4.