Easy does it for Djokovic

Top seed Novak Djokovic booked his place in the third round at Roland Garros with a straight sets victory over Belgium’s Steve Darcis.

In a match that lasted two hours and 19 minutes, the world number one from Serbia coasted to a 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 victory on Suzanne Lenglen Court.

Djokovic raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set after breaking serve in the second game, but matters were soon back on parity after Darcis answered with a break of his own three games later.

Last year’s runner-up continued to probe for the decisive break he would need to take opener, and after a marathon 12th game, which included four deuces, the Serb claimed the opener on the third set point.

The second set followed much the same pattern, with Djokovic again opening up a 3-0 lead early on, though this time there was no way back for the Belgian player.

Djokovic again got the crucial break early in the third set, this time in the opening game, but Darcis refused to throw in the towel and broke back – to love – two games later.

That was as good as it got for the world number 161, though, as his dominant opponent got the key breakthrough in the seventh game and served out the remainder of the set, and the match, without incident.

In another second round match, Croatian youngster Borna Coric impressed whe he came from behind to beat 20th seed Bernard Tomic 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6).

Earlier, nine-time winner Rafael Nadal also booked his place in the last 32 with a resounding 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 victory over Facundo Bagnis on the red clay of Philippe Chatrier Court.

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