One day after celebrating his 24th birthday, Novak Djokovic got back to business, winning his first-round match at Roland Garros on Monday. The world No. 2 kicked off his French Open with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands. The win improved Djokovic’s record to 38-0 for the year and extended his overall streak to a total of 40 consecutive wins, 10sballs.com informs.
Djokovic was consistent yet aggressive throughout the match. The Serbian put pressure on De Bakker’s serve, creating sixteen break chances and converting six of those break points over the course of the match. Overall, it was also an exceptionally clean performance from Djokovic, as he served at 80 percent, winning 83 percent of first-serve points and 83 percent of second-serve points.
After the match, Djokovic told reporters that he was pleased with how he had played during the match.
“It was a great first match for me in Roland Garros,” he said. “I was being very cautious because I knew that De Bakker has a good serve, and he can play well on the clay courts. Obviously, Roland Garros has a bit faster clay court, so it’s more suitable to his style of the game. But I was really, really serving well and being very aggressive, using every opportunity to step into the court. I was quite in control of the match.”
When asked whether he was feeling pressured to extend his winning streak and win his first French Open title, Djokovic said that he has grown accustomed to dealing with people’s expectations of him. In the second round at Roland Garros, Djokovic will face Nice finalist Victor Hanescu of Romania, who is currently ranked No. 60 in the world. Hanescu nabbed a four-set win over France’s Benoit Paire in the first round. Djokovic currently leads Hanescu 5-0 in career match-ups.