Two-time French Open runner-up Novak Djokovic beat 19-year-old Thanasi Kokkinakis in straight sets on Saturday for a spot in the 2015 Roland Garros R4.
The Serbian top seed recorded a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win on Court Philippe-Chatrier to reach the last 16 in Paris for a ninth time.
The world no.1 converted three of his eight break point chances and didn’t face a single break point during the one hour, 49-minute match.
A break in each of the sets was enough for the Belgrade native to improve to a 38-2 record on the season and 45-10 W/L record on Parisian clay.
Nole had some words of encouragement for Kokkinakis: “He has a lot of talent and strength. He has plenty of time to do great things. I hope he does as he has a lot of qualities.”
Match statistics: aces (4-8), double faults (0-3), winners (34-27), unforced errors (12-28), total points won (87-70).
Novak goes on to face no.20 seed Richard Gasquet on Monday (10-1 H2H). The Frenchman eliminated Kevin Anderson (RSA, 15) in four sets 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-4.
Djokovic is looking to win Roland Garros for the first time and become just the eighth man in history to complete the career Grand Slam.
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Novak and the 2015 French Open ballkids
Novak warmed up with the ballkids this morning.