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French Open: Injury scare for Djokovic, Nadal through

Paris: World No 1 Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal stayed on course for a French Open quarter-final yesterday as teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis provided a glimpse into the sport's future.

Novak Djokovic receives medical treatment during his French Open second round match against Luxemburg's Gilles Muller yesterday
Novak Djokovic receives medical treatment during his French Open second round match against Luxemburg's Gilles Muller yesterday 

Top seed Djokovic survived a worrying injury scare to reach the third round with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Gilles Muller of Luxemburg.

Nadal, chasing a 10th Paris title, enjoyed a 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 breeze past Spanish compatriot Nicolas Almagro.

Djokovic's win over 33-year-old Muller was his 24th consecutive victory this year as he took another step towards a first ever Roland Garros title and a career Grand Slam.

However, he needed a medical timeout leading 5-4 in the second set for treatment on what appeared to be a right groin strain. It didn't affect him too much as he quickly wrapped up the second set with a service game to love.

He eventually wrapped up the tie on Court Suzanne Lenglen after just an hour and 45 minutes, hitting an impressive 35 winners.

The 28-year-old goes on to face 19-year-old Kokkinakis who saved three match points to beat fellow Australian Bernard Tomic 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 8-6 to make the third round of a major for the first time.

Sixth seed Nadal will face Andrey Kuznetsov for a place in the last 16 after the Russian defeated Austria's Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7/0), 7-5.

Murray made to sweat
Meanwhile, British champ Andy Murray booked his place in the third round too but had to work hard for the same. The scotsman survived a feisty four-set encounter against Portugal's Joao Sousa before going on to prevail 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

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