Djokovic Sweeps Sousa, Reaches Third Round

Defending champion Novak Djokovic and nine-time victor Rafa Nadal cruised through to the third round with comprehensive wins at the French Open.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is also on the bill, facing Joao Sousa on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Jo-Wilfred Tsonga's hopes, however, vanished into thin air when he was sent packing with a 7-5 6-4 6-7 6-4 loss to Argentina's Renzo Olivo. "I gave my best all the way to the end", the 12th-seeded Tsonga said.

Olivo, however, converted his next chance with a forehand crosscourt victor.

"I'm sorry for my French, my teacher is on holiday", he said.

Contesting his 50th consecutive Grand Slam event, Djokovic played with conviction and clarity powering to a 5-0 lead in 18 minutes before banging out three errors from his opponent wrapping up the opening set in 28 minutes.

Nadal has been lights out with his serve in his first two matches and has actually won more points on his second serve than his first in the first two rounds.

Olivo had only ever played three Grand Slam matches - all at the Australian Open.

And for Edmund, whose best performance at the French Open is a second round appearance in each of the past two years, he wants to break new ground with his first round of 32 on a surface he enjoys playing on. "Now I need to focus on the rest".

Second-seeded Djokovic barely put a foot wrong in a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 win over Joao Sousa, while Muguruza had to dig deep to avoid becoming the first reigning champion at Roland Garros to lose in the second round since 2014, when she upset Serena Williams. "So it was crowdy and I really liked it".

The 53rd-ranked Kontaveit beat Muguruza the last time they played, in a clay-court tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, in April.

"I knew it was going to be a battle out there", said Muguruza, who beat Serena Williams in last year's final.

The Serb's reward for his latest victory is a third-round meeting opposite Diego Schwartzman, who defeated Stefano Napolitano 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 in straight sets on Wednesday to advance.

Venus Williams got off to a sluggish start but quickly found her range to beat Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 6-1 and reach the third round of the French Open. Pliskova faces Ekaterina Alexandrova, Halep (who is recovering from a torn ligament in her right ankle) plays Tatjana Maria, and Svitolina meets Tsvetana Pironkova.

  • Julie Sanders