Novak Djokovic began his French Open 2021 in dominant fashion, registering a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win over Tennys Sandgren. The top-seeded Djokovic made short work of the American, taking his record in first round matches at Roland Garros to 17-0. Djokovic saved six break points and compiled 33 winners in the last match of the tennis tournament’s first round. Djokovic will now face Pablo Cuevas in the second round.
The match against Sandgren was in Court Philippe Chatrier as part of the new scheduled night sessions at the French Open.
However, it was played without spectators in the stands due to a 9 PM local curfew as part of COVID-19 restrictions.
But there was no such joy for seventh-seeded Andrey Rublev as he lost in the first round itself. The 23-year-old Russian lost to German player Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 3-6, 6-4.
It’s the first time Rublev has lost so early at Roland Garros since his debut four years ago.
Another seeded player to suffer a loss is Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime. The 20th seed lost to Italy’s Andreas Seppi in a four-set encounter.
29th seed Ugo Humbert of France also lost a four-setter. Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania, who is unseeded, will now enter the second round.
Australia’s Alex de Minaur registered a straight sets win over Italy’s Stefano Travaglia to book his passage into the next round. Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman is also through to round 2 after a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win.
The fourth day at Roland Garros will see a number of second round matches take place. Sixth seed Alexander Zverev will face Roman Safiullin of Russia. Italy’s Fabio Fognini, Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta will also be seen in action.
Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, America’s John Isner and Japan’s Kei Nishikori are other notable names set to take court on the day.