Alexander Zverev’s aptitude oscillates, routine day for Djoker

PARIS, June 2

German sixth seed Alexander Zverev blew hot and cold with his serve but had enough artillery to take down Russian qualifier Roman Safiullin 7-6(4) 6-3 7-6(1) to reach the third round today.

Zverev and Safiullin never contested a Tour-level match before Wednesday but met three times as juniors with the German winning all three in straight sets.

Djokovic breaks no sweat

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic kicked off his campaign with a 6-2 6-4 6-2 win against American Tennys Sandgren on Tuesday in the first men’s match to be scheduled in a night session. With no spectators allowed on court due to a 9pm local curfew, the Serbian went through the gears as he dispatched his opponent effortlessly. — Reuters

Day 4: Highlights

Good day for Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Spain’s Pedro Martinez 6-3 6-4 6-3 to move into the third round. Meanwhile, Japan’s Kei Nishikori battled for four hours before overcoming Karen Khachanov 4-6 6-2 2-6 6-4 6-4

Victorious Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka advanced to the third round after overcoming teenager Clara Tauson with a 7-5 6-4 victory

Double trouble
In women’s doubles, youngster Coco Gauff and her partner, 40-year-old Venus Williams, were beaten 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4 by Ellen Perez and Zheng Saisai in the first round

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