French Open: Novak Djokovic through, Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal hope to join him

The top seed Novak Djokovic showed another concentrated performance and reached the third round of the French Open for the 16th year in a row.

The 34-year-old Serb won in his first career duel with the sensitive Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6: 3, 6: 2, 6: 4.

Djokovic has met the Australian James Duckworth or the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis in the last 32.

The 18-time Grand Slam champion is aiming for a second title in Paris after his only victory in 2016.

Should Djokovic lift the Coupe des Mousquetaires on June 13, the world number one will close the gap to the Spaniard Rafael Nadal and the Swiss Roger Federer in the Grand Slam victories to one.

All three players are on the same page in the Roland Garros draw – the first time this has happened in a major tournament.

The eighth seeded Federer, who could face Djokovic in the quarter-finals, played at the same time as the Serb on Thursday when he met the Croatian Marin Cilic on the Philippe Chatrier court.

Nadal plays his second round match in the night session on Chatrier and takes on the French Richard Gasquet to face the British number two Cameron Norrie in the next phase.

While the Spaniard has won a record of 13 titles at Roland Garros and is another favorite, he is third behind Djokovic and the Russian Daniil Medvedev because the betting system is based on the current world rankings.

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