Novak Djokovic continued his torrid French Open blasting past Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. The former champion has lost just nine games in six sets thus far.
The Serb improves to 33-1 on the year and the win was his 70th at the French Open.
“Of course, winning that many matches on each Slam is a great achievement, and of course it makes me proud, makes me happy,” Djokovic said. “I always aim to play my best tennis in Grand Slams. I think Federer, Nadal, the biggest players in the last 10, 15 years, aim to always play their best in Slams.”
Djokovic will take on little-known Colombian lucky loser Daniel Elahi Galan, who beat Tennys Sandgren, on Saturday in the third round.
“It’s always dangerous facing opponents you never face before,” Djokovic said. “On the big stadium they can really relax and play their best tennis of their lives or it can go a different way. I have to be alert and prepare myself well.”
After tough 0-2 comebacks, both Hamburg finalists played much better on Thursday.
Stefanos Tsitsipas had his way with veteran Pablo Cuevas in a quick 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 rout.
“I’m very satisfied with my game. I think my aggressivity and also the way I was prepared for the match was very important from the very beginning,” Tsitsipas said on court.
Hamburg winner Andrey Rublev came from a break down in the first, then was solid in a 7-5, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 victory over fellow youngster Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
Matteo Berrettini, Karen Khachanov, Cristian Garin and Pablo Carreno Busta were among the other winners.
Popular pick Denis Shapovalov was bounced in the match of the day losing to Roberto Carballes Baena 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-6, 8-6.
The Canadian won not very happy after an out ball was not called which would have given him match point in the fifth.
— Denis Shapovalov (@denis_shapo) October 1, 2020
RCB served for a 2-0 lead in the second, but failed to do it. Then it was Shapovalov’s turn to get tight. The 21-year-old led 5-3 in the fifth.
“I feel like the conditions were as tough as possible for me to play against here, with the balls being just so heavy and it being really cold,” said Shapovalov. “I play an aggressive game, I like to step in, and I mean he just had so much time. So it was very difficult. I’m really happy that I was able to bring myself to a winning position, and then in the end it’s just a little bit unlucky…. I think I did everything, everything right, just didn’t go my way today.”
Playing in his first Slam third round, RCB will now face Grigor Dimitrov who quietly hasn’t dropped a set.
On a big Friday, Rafael Nadal returns along with Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Stan Wawrinka.
Thiem faces No. 28 seed Casper Ruud in the lone all-seeded men’s match of the day.
FRIDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
** Court Philippe CHATRIER ** Début à 11h00
1 SM 3 Casper RUUD (NOR) contre Dominic THIEM (AUT)
2 SD 3 Simona HALEP (ROU)  contre Amanda ANISIMOVA (USA)
3 SD 3 Caroline GARCIA (FRA) contre Elise MERTENS (BEL)
4 SM 3 Stefano TRAVAGLIA (ITA) contre Rafael NADAL (ESP) 
** Court Suzanne LENGLEN ** Début à 11h00
1 SD 3 Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) contre Ekaterina ALEXANDROVA (RUS) 
2 SM 3 Stan WAWRINKA (SUI)  contre Hugo GASTON (FRA)
3 SM 3 Alexander ZVEREV (GER)  contre Marco CECCHINATO (ITA)
4 SD 3 Katerina SINIAKOVA (CZE) contre Kiki BERTENS (NED) 
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