Djokovic cruises into French Open round of 32

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning against Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena at the end of their men’s singles match on Court Philippe-Chatrier on day five of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros Complex in Paris on May 30, 2024. (Photograph: Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)

Defending champion Novak Djokovic reached the French Open third round for the 19th successive year on Thursday with a straight-sets win over Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena.

Djokovic, 37, chasing a record 25th Grand Slam title, won 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 and goes on to face either Gael Monfils of France or Italian 30th seed Lorenzo Musetti.

Djokovic holds a 19-0 winning record against Monfils and has defeated Musetti four times in five meetings.

However, the Italian gave the Serb a major scare at the French Open in 2021 when he won the first two sets before having to retire injured in the decider.

Top seed Djokovic dropped his opening service game against 63rd-ranked Carballes Baena but from 4-4 in the first set he reeled off 14 of the last 17 games to storm to victory on the back of an impressive 43 winners.