Paris: Novak Djokovic eased into the third round of the French Open with a comprehensive 6-1 6-4 6-2 victory over Jeremy Chardy at Roland Garros yesterday.
The clay court showpiece is the only grand slam to have eluded Djokovic so far in his career but he looked in ferocious form as he blew away Chardy in just an hour and 31 minutes.
Chardy held serve in his opening game but when he dropped the fourth, the world number two never looked back.
Djokovic was demonstrating all of his trademark athleticism to make it hard for his opponent but Chardy was not helping himself with unforced errors and the Serbian closed out the set in just 25 minutes.
Djokovic broke Chardy in the first game of the second but the Frenchman broke right back before dropping his serve again with a double fault to hand the initiative back to his opponent. The rest of the set went with serve and Djokovic never looked overly troubled.
Djokovic had a 4-1 lead and ending Chardy's resistance. The remaining games went with serve as the rain began to fall on Court Philippe Chatrier and Djokovic eased into the next round.
Number of times Serbian Novak Djokovic has defeated World No 42 Jeremy Chardy till now