2021 French Open: Novak Djokovic breezes past Pablo Cuevas
World number one Novak Djokovic eased past Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas in the second round of the 2021 French Open. The Serbian maestro claimed another straight-set victory, having beaten the latter 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in over two hours. Djokovic, who is now 21-3 in the season (singles), had earlier triumphed over Tennys Sandgren 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 in his opening round. Here are further details.
How did the match pan out?
Cuevas was impressive at the start as he broke Djokovic's serve to gain a 2-1 lead. However, the latter raised his game to win 6-3. Djkovic was absolutely ruthless in the following set, having wrapped it up in 32 minutes. The contest remained one-sided in the third set, with Djokovic sealing the win comfortably. He smashed a total of 10 aces in the match.
Djokovic eyes a second Roland Garros title
Djokovic is enjoying yet another successful season. He began the year by clinching a record-extending ninth Australian Open title, his 18th major overall. Djokovic is bidding to capture his second Roland Garros crown, having won in 2016. Prior to the tournament, he won the Belgrade Open by defeating Alex Molcan in the final. Djokovic has now won 10 out of his last 11 encounters.
Djokovic on the brink of scripting history
Djokovic is in pursuit of becoming the first man in the Open Era to win each of the four Grand Slams at least twice. Besides winning the Roland Garros once, he has also clinched nine Australian Open, five Wimbledon, and three US Open titles.
Djokovic wins his 305th Grand Slam match
This was the 305th Grand Slam match win of Djokovic's career. Djokovic won 52% of points (14/27) on the second serve of Cuevas, having hit 31 winners. The world number one is yet to drop a set in Paris. He is through to the Roland Garros third round for the 16th consecutive year. Djokovic will face Ricardas Berankis in the third round.