PARIS, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Top seed Novak Djokovic began his quest for a second French Open title with a superb 6-0 6-2 6-3 win over young Swede Mikael Ymer on another rain-hit day at Roland Garros on Tuesday.
Playing under the roof of Court Philippe Chatrier, the world number one said following his demolition job he was “physically, mentally, emotionally” ready to go deep in the tournament and secure his 18th major.
Youngsters Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas also reached the next round but the pair were forced to work hard as they both ground out five-set wins over their opponents.
Russian 13th seed Rublev came back from the brink to overcome Sam Querrey 6-7(5) 6-7(4) 7-5 6-4 6-3 while Tsitsipas appeared to be on his way out before switching gears to beat Spaniard Jaume Munar 4-6 2-6 6-1 6-4 6-4.
Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin was cruising into the second round before a rain delay threw her off track, but the American regained her focus to see off big-hitting Russian Liudmila Samsonova 6-4 3-6 6-3.
Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova managed to stem the flow of errors from her racket before beating Egyptian qualifier and Grand Slam debutant Mayar Sherif 6-7(9) 6-2 6-4.
Teenage Danish qualifier Clara Tauson saved two match points before stunning American 21st seed Jennifer Brady 6-4 3-6 9-7.
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French Open order of play on Wednesday
Highlights of the third day at the French Open, the final Grand Slam tournament of the year, on Tuesday (all times GMT):
1941 SHAPOVALOV, DIMITROV PROGRESS
Denis Shapovalov held off a spirited attempted comeback from Frenchman Gilles Simon to win his opening match 6-2 7-5 5-7 6-3. Joining him in the second round was Grigor Dimitrov, who eased past another local hope in Gregoire Barrere 6-3 6-2 6-2.
1901 TSITSIPAS SURVIVES MUNAR SCARE
Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas was made to work hard for victory by Jaume Munar but the 22-year-old held his nerve to secure a 4-6 2-6 6-1 6-4 6-4 win over the Spaniard.
1718 RUBLEV DIGS DEEP TO BEAT QUERREY IN FIVE-SETTER
Russian Andrey Rublev rallied from two sets down to beat American Sam Querrey 6-7(5) 6-7(4) 7-5 6-4 6-3. Rublev, the 13th seed, came into the contest having won his third title of the year at the Hamburg European Open on Sunday.
1549 RUTHLESS DJOKOVIC POWERS PAST YMER
Novak Djokovic began his quest for an 18th Grand Slam title, and a second at Roland Garros following his 2016 triumph, with a dominant 6-0 6-2 6-3 victory over Mikael Ymer of Sweden.
The Serbian top seed is aiming to become the first man in the Open Era – and third overall after Roy Emerson and Rod Laver – to win all four majors twice.
1513 KENIN STAVES OFF SAMSONOVA CHALLENGE
Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin made a strong start against unseeded Russian Ludmilla Samsonova before losing momentum after a rain delay but the fourth seed recovered to seal a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory.
1346 SIEGEMUND KNOCKS OUT FRENCHWOMAN MLADENOVIC
Laura Siegmund beat local favourite Kristina Mladenovic 7-5 6-3 under the retractable roof on Court Philippe Chatrier. Rain continued to delay matches on the outer courts at Roland Garros.
1218 RAIN STOPS PLAY ON OUTER COURTS
Sofia Kenin won the opening set 6-4 against Ludmilla Samsonova before rain halted play on the outer courts.
Earlier, Danish teenager Clara Tauson upset U.S. Open semi-finalist Jennifer Brady 6-4 3-6 9-7 on her Grand Slam debut. Also advancing was Elena Rybakina, the 14th seed, who beat Sorana Cirstea 6-0 6-3.
1120 PLISKOVA BATTLES PAST SHERIF, OSTAPENKO THROUGH
Second seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic overcame a sluggish start to beat Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif 6-7(9) 6-2 6-4 in the first round.
Pliskova retired during the final of the Italian Open in Rome last week after receiving treatment on her back and leg.
Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 champion, eased into the second round with a 6-2 6-1 victory over American Madison Brengle.
1059 BERRETTINI SWATS ASIDE POSPISIL
Seventh seed Matteo Berrettini made short work of Canada’s Vasek Pospisil, winning 6-3 6-1 6-3. The Italian will next take on Lloyd Harris who beat Alexei Popyrin 6-4 6-4 7-6(7).
0905 PLAY UNDERWAY AT ROLAND GARROS
Play began in cold conditions under the retractable roof on Court Philippe Chatrier. The temperature was hovering around 15 degrees Celsius and showers are forecast throughout the day. (Reporting by Arvind Sriram and Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond, Christian Radnedge and Toby Davis)
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