World no.1 continued his chase for the Grand Slam, following a convincing 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Dutch qualifier Tallon Griekspoor in one hour and 39 minutes. Novak will next face 2014 US Open runner-up and former world no.4 Kei Nishikori (17-2 H2H record).
Novak eased into the third round of the Tokyo Olympics tennis tournament following a 6-4, 6-3 win over Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff. He will next play against 16th seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Wednesday.
Nole moved another step closer to his 20th Grand Slam with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Kevin Anderson. The top seed will next play against American qualifier Denis Kudla (#114, 2-0 H2H).
Novak recorded a 6-2, 7-6 (4) win over lucky loser Mats Moraing to progress into the last eight at the Belgrade Open. Next up for the world no.1, who is pursuing his second title of the season, is Federico Coria (ARG, Alt), currently ranked no.96 in the ATP Rankings.
Top seed began his Serbia Open 2021 campaign with a routine 6-1, 6-3 win against Kwon Soonwoo to reach the last eight in his hometown. He will next face fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic on Friday.
Top seed recorded his 70th career French Open match win as he crushed Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. Novak will look to continue his pursuit of a second Roland Garros title when he plays Daniel Elahi Galan (COL, LL) in the third round on Saturday.