31 May 2018

Djokovic finding form at Roland Garros.

6:18 am on 31 May 2018

Novak Djokovic may not be firing on all cylinders but the former world No.1 is safely through to the third round of the French Open.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Serbian, seeded only 20 due to his recent injury absence, will now face Spanish 13th seed Roberto Bautista Agut after a straight-sets win over Jaume Munar.

Munar may be ranked a lowly 155 in the world but he made Djokovic work for every point in some lengthy and at times spectacular rallies.

The Spaniard, broken early on, broke back in the opening set only for Djokovic to race through the tie-break 7-1.

Munar occasionally had Djokovic scrambling throughout the next two sets with his fearsome shot-making, but the 2016 champion was able to post a 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 6-4 victory.

Meanwhile, Marco Trungelliti's epic French Open journey came to an end in the second round.

The Argentinian became the unlikely darling of Roland Garros after driving for 10 hours from Barcelona to Paris, with his brother, mother and gran, on Sunday in order to register in time as a lucky loser.

Trungelliti, the world No.190, then stunned the tennis world by beating Australia's former top-20 player Bernard Tomic to net himself a $90,000 cheque in prize money.

However, the 28-year-old hit the skids in round two as he was beaten 6-1 7-6 (7/1) 6-1 by Italian Marco Cecchinato.

In a match held over from Tuesday, Tomas Berdych, the 17th seed, was a first- round casualty after he was beaten by France's Jeremy Chardy in five sets.

Czech Berdych, a former Wimbledon finalist, came from two sets down to haul himself level only to bow out 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (10-8) 1-6 5-7 6-2.

Simona Halep

Simona Halep Photo: Photosport

In the women's competition, Simona Halep survived an early scare against Alison Riske as she fought from behind to win 2-6 6-1 6-1 for a place in the third round at the French Open.

The Romanian world No.1 struggled to find a way past Riske, ranked at 83 in the world, and a poor service game contributed to an awful start as she scored just nine points on her first serve.

Eighth seed Petra Kvitova is also through to the third round with a 6-0 6-4 result over Spain's Lara Arruabarrena and will next face Anett Kontaveit who beat Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru 7-5 6-2.

Japan's Naomi Osaka also moved to round three with a 6-4 7-5 win over Kazakh Zarina Diyas.