Hello and welcome to day seven of the French Open from Paris.
The “Big Three” are all in third-round action today as world No 1 Novak Djokovic takes on Ricardas Berankis; 13-time champion Rafa Nadal goes up against Brit Cameron Norrie; and Roger Federer faces Dominik Koepfer a little later.
Djokovic’s run so far has been pretty straightforward. The Serbian, who is yet to drop a set, was on court for just under two hours in his first-round, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win over Tennys Sandgren. It was a similar story against the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas in the second round with that match finishing 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the top seed’s favour.
Another straight-sets win looks on the cards for Djokovic as he goes up against a player he is yet to lose against – he currently has a 3-0 head-to-head record against the Lithuanian. But that shouldn’t deter the world No 93 who has played some impressive tennis to reach this stage. He upset the 29th seed Ugo Humbert in round one and then got past Australian James Duckworth in a seesaw four-setter in round two.
Coincidently, Djokovic and Berankis’ most recent meeting came at last year’s French Open. Djokovic dropped just five games en route to victory that day.
Speaking after his match against Cuevas, Djokovic said: I’m ready to go deep in this tournament. Hopefully that’s gonna be the case, but I’ll take it match by match. So far the two matches that I have played have been played at a high quality.”
An Italian awaits in round four as 19-year-old debutant Lorenzo Musetti and Marco Cecchinato duel it out for a place in the second week.
Looking further ahead, a possible Djokovic-Federer quarter-final could be on the cards which will be a mouthwatering prospect while Nadal also lurks later on.