On Wednesday at Roland Garros, Novak Djokovic overcame Marton Fucsovics' tense first-set challenge before cruising to a 7-6(2), 6-0, 6-3 triumph.
On Court Philippe-Chatrier, an energetic Fucsovics stormed back into contention early on, erasing the third seed's 5-2 lead in the second set. The 22-time major champion Djokovic engaged in a series of dramatic exchanges with the World No. 83 in Paris under the lights, but the Serbian upped his game to easily win the tie-break. From that point on, Djokovic had a relatively easy time of it, breaking Fucsovics' serve seven times over the course of the second and third sets to secure a two hours, 44 minute triumph.
The 36-year-old Djokovic hammered the ball with strength and depth off both wings throughout, which is encouraging as he seeks a record 23rd major victory and to retake the top spot in the Pepperstone ATP Ranking. Djokovic will next face Fokina in Paris. The 29th-seeded Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina upset Frenchman Luca Van Assche 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(5) to go to the third round of Roland Garros for the 18th consecutive year.