Novak Djokovic's path at the Roland Garros 2020 proceeds at full speed, arriving at the second week of the Parisian Grand Slam with 15 games lost and less than five hours spent on the pitch overall. After the two walks with Ymer and Berankis, to whom she had left the misery of 5 games each, Nole gives as many to Colombian lucky loser Daniel Elahi Galan, collecting the 6-0 6-3 6-2 final in less than two hours of match.
A success that allows Djokovic to overtake Roger Federer in matches won in Paris: they are 71 for the Serbian, second in this special ranking behind the unattainable Rafael Nadal (at 96). For Nole, however, this is the 11th consecutive eighth final at the Bois de Boulogne, a record in the Open Era shared, for a change, with the other two sacred monsters.
The first set is literally one way, filed by Nole in just 25 minutes even with a bagel. In the second there is a bit more of a game, thanks to a Djokovic who is inevitably distracted at times. After having scratched the break at the opening, Nole in fact commits two consecutive double fouls and concedes the ball for the counter-break, foiled, however, without worries.
In the next game Galan finally brings home the first game of his match, after losing eight in a row, and then repeats in the fifth, where the Serbian wastes a double break ball ahead with a damping that goes off on the tape.
We therefore proceed in the wake of services until the ninth game, when a new break gives the Serbian a 6-3 without history. The monologue of the 17-time Slam champion continues in the third set: the Belgrade immediately breaks and then repeats in the eighth and last game, archiving a match dominated from the first to the last point at 6-2.
In the round of 16 Djokovic will challenge Karen Khachanov, who won 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-2 against Christian Garin. A nice boost of confidence for the Russian, who here defends the quarter-finals reached last year (to date his best Slam result) but who is now called to a mission impossible: because if it is true that with Djokovic Khachanov he obtained the most important victory of his career (final of Bercy 2018), it is equally disturbing that the Russian has not managed to snatch a single set from the Serbian in any of the other four direct clashes.
Dimitrov, Tsitsipas, Kenin and Kvitova
Everything is easy even for the second seed who remained at the top of the board, the world number 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas, who takes 81 minutes to get rid of a bruised Aljaz Bedene: 6-1 6-2 3-1 the final score in favor born in 1998, who took advantage of the Slovenian retirement in the middle of the third set.
After the great comeback in the first round against Munar, another victory on velvet therefore for Stefanos, who becomes the first Greek player in history to reach the round of 16 at Roland Garros on at least two occasions.
Tsitsipas had in fact already succeeded last year, when he surrendered at the end of an epic battle against Stan Wawrinka: this time on the other side of the net there will be a revived Grigor Dimitrov, also the protagonist of a real walk in the match of third round against Carballes Baena.
After two sets dominated by the Bulgarian, able to concede just four games, the Spaniard retired before the start of the third set, thus allowing the former top 10 to remove the pass for the second week after just over an hour .
Meanwhile, the golden period of Pablo Carreno Busta continues, winning the all-Spanish derby on 6-4 6-3 5-7 6-4 with seeded number 10 Roberto Bautista Agut. Carreno, who has just returned from the surprising semi-final at the US Open, will now face qualified Daniel Altmaier, today's executioner of Matteo Berrettini, as the favorite.
If successful, the Iberian could meet Djokovic himself in the quarterfinals, in the remake of the match in New York that ended prematurely with the resounding disqualification of the Serbian. Finally, Andrey Rublev, who imposed himself on Kevin Anderson with a clear 6-3 6-2 6-3, and Marton Fucsovics, who also won in three sets over the Brazilian Monteiro, will compete in the last eighth of the top part of the draw.
In the women's singles, Petra Kvitova and Sofia Kenin reached the 4th round. Out Garbine Muguruza and Jelena Ostapenko.