Novak Djokovic, who is aiming to become the first man in 50 years to win all four Grand Slam titles twice, defeated Sweden’s Mikael Ymer, ranked 80, in straight sets 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 on Tuesday at Roland Garros.
World number one Djokovic, who returned to Grand Slam action for the first time since his US Open disqualification, won the 32nd match of 33 he played in 2020. This means he is on course for a second French Open title, following his 2016 triumph, and 18th career major.
“It’s always a pleasure to return to Paris on Philippe Chatrier, this important court. The atmosphere is a little different this year with few fans but I remain motivated to win the title,” said Djokovic, only one of two men to have defeated 12-time champion Rafael Nadal in 15 years in Paris.
Djokovic, who suffered no immediate hangover from his US Open controversy by quickly wrapping up a record 36th Masters title in Rome on the eve of Roland Garros, next faces Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis.
The 33-year-old is in the second round for a record-equalling 16th time, matching Guillermo Vilas and Nadal.