Djokovic produces vintage display to defeat Carballes Baena

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Djokovic produces vintage display to defeat Carballes Baena

Novak Djokovic won 14 of the last 17 games to comfortably dispose of Roberto Carballes Baena in straight sets in their second-round clash at the French Open.

A vintage display from Djokovic saw the defending champion and world No 1 break Carballes Baena’s serve five consecutive times at one point on his way to an emphatic 6-4 6-1 6-2 victory.

Djokovic, looking to extend his record haul of 24 Grand Slam titles with a fourth crown at Roland Garros, will next face either Gael Monfils or 30th seed Lorenzo Musetti.

Straight-sets victory for Zverev

Germany's Alexander Zverev walks to the baseline during his second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Belgium's David Goffin at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Thursday, May 30, 2024. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

Image: Alexander Zverev followed up his opening victory over Rafael Nadal with a straight-sets win over David Goffin

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World No 4 Alexander Zverev also reached the third round with a 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-2 victory over experienced Belgian David Goffin on Thursday.

The German, who ousted 14-times champion Rafael Nadal in the opening round, had to work hard to win the first-set tiebreak but broke early in the second.

Former quarter-finalist Goffin nearly broke Zverev’s serve in the fourth game but the German held firm, mixing up his game well to close out the match.

“I was happy that I ran away with it but also happy that I played well,” said Zverev, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the 2022 French Open semi-finals.

Zverev will now face Italian Luciano Darderi or Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor.

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