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Novak Djokovic beats Mats Moraing in straight sets in opening match-Sports News , Happy Easterday

Novak Djokovic beats Mats Moraing in straight units in opening match-Sports activities Information , Glad Easterday

The clay-court Grand Slam begins in Paris on Sunday, and Djokovic opted for further match observe on house soil this week.

Novak Djokovic in motion in Serbia. AP

Belgrade: Novak Djokovic edged to a straight-sets win over German fortunate loser Mats Moraing on Tuesday in his opener in Belgrade the place the world primary is warming up for the French Open.

The clay-court Grand Slam begins in Paris on Sunday, and Djokovic opted for further match observe on house soil this week.

The 34-year-old was made to struggle by the world quantity 253, profitable 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) after an hour and 40 minutes.

It was Djokovic’s first match since dropping the Italian Open last to Rafael Nadal 9 days in the past.

Spaniard Nadal would be the favorite to win a 14th French Open crown subsequent month, though Djokovic will probably be chasing a nineteenth Grand Slam title to maneuver inside one in every of Nadal and Federer on the all-time males’s record.

The Serbian star was in sturdy kind within the opening set on Tuesday, however was damaged twice by Moraing within the second earlier than clinching the win in a tie-break.

“I used to be twice a break up within the second set so I possibly might have completed out the job earlier, however credit score to him for combating, for taking part in rather well, for taking part in very brave, very daring tennis,” Djokovic mentioned.

He’ll subsequent face Argentinian Federico Coria, the youthful brother of former Roland Garros runner-up Guillermo Coria, within the quarter-finals.

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Updated: May 25, 2021 — 9:35 pm

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