Novak and Roger claim wins, Iga on a roll


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Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2021, second round© Pauline Ballet/FFT

World No.1 Novak Djokovic made sure his 350th Grand Slam match of his career was a victory as he breezed past Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in second-round action on Thursday.

The Serb is through to the third round in Paris for a 16th year in a row and is bidding to become the first man in the Open Era to win each of the four Grand Slams at least twice this fortnight on the terre battue.

Djokovic will next face Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, who ousted Australian James Duckworth, for a last-16 berth.

Federer survives Cilic

Swiss 2009 champion Roger Federer blasted 47 winners, including 16 aces, in his hard-fought 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 victory over familiar foe Marin Cilic to reach the third round.

The 20-time major winner, competing at a Grand Slam for the first time since the 2020 Australian Open, was tested during the two-hour 35-minute showdown.

Federer, the No.8 seed, will face German lefty Dominik Koepfer next.

Swiatek stays ruthless

Defending champion Iga Swiatek sent out another statement as she blitzed Sweden's Rebecca Peterson 6-1, 6-1 to reach the third round at the loss of just seven games in total.

The 20-year-old Pole, seed No.8 this fortnight, next faces Estonian No.30 seed Anett Kontaveit, who was also in a no-nonsense mood during her 6-2, 6-0 rout of Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic.

Swiatek, a champion in Rome last month, is now 10-1 on clay this season and is on a nine-match winning streak on Paris' terre battue.

Sakkari cruises

Greek 17th seed Maria Sakkari needed a mere 68 minutes to dismiss Italian Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-3 and book a third-round date with Belgian 14th seed Elise Mertens, who needed three tight sets to overcome Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas.


Sakkari will be searching for a maiden fourth-round spot at Roland-Garros and appears in strong form having dropped just 10 games through her opening two matches.

Maria Sakkari, Roland Garros 2021, second round© Philippe Montigny/FFT

New milestone for Coco

American teenager Coco Gauff reached the Roland-Garros third round for the first time - on just her second appearance - with a 6-3, 7-6(1) success over China's Wang Qiang.

The 24th-seeded Gauff converted 4/8 break point opportunities but struck 34 unforced errors en route to a 94-minute victory.

Gauff is now 14-3 on clay this season, including a run to the Parma title ahead of Roland-Garros, and will next play fellow American Jennifer Brady or home favourite Fiona Ferro.

Coco Gauff, Roland Garros 2021, second round© Cédric Lecocq/FFT