Novak Djokovic eased past his opponent to sail into the second round of French Open 2020 on Tuesday. The top-seed defeated Mikael Ymer 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 in what was his first Grand Slam match since being disqualified from the US Open for default.Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2020: Novak Djokovic Defeats Kei Nishikori to Enter Semi-Finals
Djokovic dropped just five games and broke Ymer nine times during his facile win. The Serb also landed 32 winners as compared to his opponent’s tally of 12. Also Read - Tokyo Olympics Tennis: Novak Djokovic Starts Campaign With a Win; Daniil Medvedev to Face Sumit Nagal in Second Round
After the contest, Ymer compared Djokovic’s dominance to a snake killing its prey. Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2020: Novak Djokovic, Ash Barty, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Naomi Osaka Headline Tennis Revised Olympic List
“It felt like when a snake kills its prey,” said Ymer after the match. “I had chances to rally but then I got suffocated.”
For Djokovic, it was merely business as usual, and he stressed there is a long way to go yet.”
Djokovic has title on his mind and says there’s still a long way to go.
“My ambition is to fight for the title here,” he said. “It’s just the start of the tournament, I just want to play one match at a time. It’s always a pleasure to return to Paris on Philippe Chatrier, this important court. The atmosphere is a little different this year with few fans but I remain motivated to win the title.”
Djokovic said he may have used rethink his strategy of using drop shot after admitting he played ‘too many’ against Ymer.
“I think it’s a great variety shot, the dropshot. I think it’s important tactically to have it and to use it at the right time so that you can keep your opponent always guessing what the next shot is,” Djokovic said.
He continued, “I may have played too many today, I agree. Maybe I exceeded what I should have played. But I think it worked well in the moments when I needed to get the point I did. And I thought that I kept my opponent today on the back foot constantly, because I felt comfortable to hit really any shot, being aggressive or coming to the net or mixing it up.”
Australia Open women singles champion Sofia Kenin outlasted 125th-ranked Liudmila Samsonova in a rain-interrupted three-setter.
Kenin won 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in a contest that lasted nearly two hours.
US Open semifinalist Jennifer Brady exited in the opening round after losing to Danish teenager Clara Tauson 4-6, 6-3, 7-9.