Top seed Novak Djokovic breezed past Ricardas Berkanis 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 to advance into to fourth round of the 2021 Roland Garros on Saturday. The Serbian has been on a tear in the clay-court Grand Slam and is the most likely, after Rafael Nadal, to take the crown. On the same day, 18th seed Jannik Sinner kept his good run of form going as he beat Mikael Ymer to advance to the fourth round. Sinner also won his match in straight sets. The scoreline at the end of the match was 6-1, 7-5, 6-3 in favor of the young Italian.
Both Sinner and Ymer conceded three double faults each. However, Sinner scored five aces and did not allow the Swede to score even one. He had a slightly lower win percentage on the first serve at 74% compared to Ymer’s 75%. The Italian, however, overcame that statistic as he had a much higher win percentage on the second serve. He had a 67% win percentage compared to Ymer’s 39%. He also managed to score six out of 16 break points whereas the Swede could only manage one out of 11. He also won 13 service games, five more than Ymer’s eight.
The second set was a cagey affair as Sinner was pushed to win seven games instead of six and there could have been a different scenario had the set gone to a tie-breaker. However, the youngster showed composure beyond his years as he coolly dealt with the pressure and avoided a tie-breaker.
Top seed Djokovic, on the other hand, did not even allow his opponent the chance to put pressure on him. The Serb played through his three sets with ease and stamped his authority on the match from the get-go. Djokovic had a whopping 88% win percentage on the first serve compared to Berkanis’ 58%. He also had a higher second serve win percentage at 59% compared to Berkanis’ 37%.
The Serbian managed to score five aces and conceded three double faults. He won six out of nine break points, restricting Berkanis from scoring even one, and won 12 service games.