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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Djokovic Powers on Cuevas, Federer long waited win, after Umpire clash

Roland Garros 2021: Novak Djokovic three straight set win, Roger Federer overcomes on Cilic leads in to  French Open 3rd RD.

 Top seed Novak Djokovic produced another focused performance with a straight three-set win to reach the third round of the French Open for a 16th straight year. 

The 34-year-old Serb won 6-3 6-2 6-4 in his first career meeting with tricky Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas. 

The 18-time Grand Slam champion is aiming for a second title in Paris to follow up his sole win in 2016.

Serbian, Djokovic wins 2nd RD: The 2016 champion said, quotes: 

“He has a lot of power and spin on both the forehand and backhand, but I stayed focused and I think the third set was really difficult for me. I raised my game. I stayed focused, I found my serve when it was important.”

French Open 2021: Roger Federer shows his Masterclass performance holds off Marin Cilic in Roland Garros 2nd round.

Swiss eighth seed Roger Federer regained his composure during a heated battle with Croatia's Marin Cilic to reach the French Open third round. 

Federer, 39, had some testy exchanges with the umpire on his way to a 6-2 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 win on the Paris clay.

Swiss, Federer, now leads 10-1 agains the Croatian, Cilic, who had only One win against the Swiss Star in his Career.

 The 20-time Grand Slam champion is playing his first major tournament in 16 months.

Roger Federer clash with Umpire, asked Cilic, Am I playing too slow?!

 The 20-time Grand Slam champion had a lengthy exchange with the umpire when 3-1 down in the second set after Cilic. 

After the long discussion with the official at the net in French, which at times got pretty heated, Federer then questioned Cilic himself about the situation.

 "Am I playing too slow?!" he asked Cilic while standing at the net, turning away from the umpire. 

"Am I playing too slow?! 

"No, no, I understand the rule...

 Cilic replied: "You were not playing too slow but, on a few occasions, I was waiting for you!"

 Federer shot back: "I understand. But I am going from one corner to the next, trying to get my towel. 

"I'm not even doing it on purpose!" 

Cilic replied again: "That's fine but, I mean, you're playing like this all the time..." 

At that point, Federer turned and walked back to the baseline, clearly not overly happy with the exchange.

Roland Garros 2021: Novak Djokovic & Roger Federer schedule of French Open last 32- 3rd RD.

Roger Federer will play against the German Dominik Koepfer, ranked 93rd in the world, in the last 32 - Roland Garros third round. 

Djokovic will face Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis, ranked 59th  in the world, in the last 32 - French Open third round.


British number two Cameron Norrie reached the French Open third round for the first time as he came from a set down to beat South Africa's Lloyd Harris.

But world number one Ashleigh Barty had to retire injured from her second-round match against Magda Linette.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina beat American Ann Li 6-0 6-4 and American fourth seed Sofia Kenin came through against compatriot Hailey Baptiste with a 7-5 6-3 win.

Fellow American Coco Gauff- seeded 24th - is also through to the third round for the first time after beating China's Wang Qiang 6-3 7-6 (7-1).

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