Djokovic Defeats Carballes Baena in Straight Sets to Reach French Open Third Round

Novak Djokovic defeats Roberto Carballes Baena in straight sets at the French Open 2024, advancing to the third round at Roland Garros.

In a commanding performance, Novak Djokovic secured his place in the third round of the French Open by defeating Roberto Carballes Baena in straight sets. Djokovic, who is the defending champion and world No. 1, displayed his dominance on the Parisian clay, overcoming a challenging start to win 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.

Djokovic’s Impressive Performance

Djokovic’s victory was marked by his ability to adjust and dominate after a shaky beginning. In the first set, Carballes Baena, the unseeded Spaniard, broke Djokovic’s serve in the opening game. However, Djokovic quickly responded, breaking back and eventually securing the set 6-4 with a crucial break at 5-4.

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Once Djokovic found his rhythm, he became unstoppable. He won 14 of the last 17 games, showcasing his vintage form. The second set saw him break Carballes Baena four times, steamrolling to a 6-1 victory. The third set was no different, with Djokovic breaking his opponent twice more to seal the match 6-2.

Match Statistics and Highlights

  • First Set: Djokovic faced resistance and was broken in the opening game but recovered to take the set 6-4.
  • Second Set: A dominant performance saw Djokovic break Carballes Baena four times, winning 6-1.
  • Third Set: Djokovic maintained his momentum, breaking twice to win 6-2.

Djokovic’s serve was particularly effective, and his return game dismantled Carballes Baena’s defences. This match was their first encounter on clay, but the outcome was similar to their previous meetings on hard courts, with Djokovic prevailing comfortably.

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Next Challenge

Djokovic’s next opponent will be either Gael Monfils or 30th seed Lorenzo Musetti. As Djokovic aims to extend his record haul of 24 Grand Slam titles with a fourth crown at Roland Garros, his form in the second round suggests he is well on track.

Other Notable Matches

World No. 4 Alexander Zverev also advanced to the third round with a straight-sets victory over David Goffin. Zverev triumphed 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-2, demonstrating his strong form and setting up a potential deep run in the tournament.

Upcoming Matches to Watch

Fans can look forward to more thrilling tennis action, including Andy Murray’s participation at the Stuttgart Open. The event will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Tennis from June 10-16, offering another opportunity to watch top-tier tennis.

Conclusion

Novak Djokovic’s emphatic victory over Roberto Carballes Baena reinforces his status as a favourite at Roland Garros. With his eyes set on a 25th Grand Slam title, Djokovic’s journey through the French Open continues to captivate tennis enthusiasts worldwide. As the tournament progresses, the anticipation builds for more stellar performances and high-stakes matches.

Stay tuned for more updates and coverage of the French Open as the world’s best tennis players vie for glory on the iconic clay courts of Roland Garros.

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