Novak Djokovic Defeats David Goffin to Advance at 2013 French Open

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Novak Djokovic Defeats David Goffin to Advance at 2013 French Open
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Men's top seed Novak Djokovic took care of business on Tuesday at the 2013 French Open, defeating unseeded challenger David Goffin in the first round, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 7-5, to advance to the second round at Roland Garros for the ninth time in nine tries (via RolandGarros):

The 22-year-old Belgian Goffin looked strong early on, recording 15 winners and winning six games in the first set to force a tiebreaker. However, current world No. 1 Djokovic would go on to win the tiebreaker 7-5 and then take the second set, breaking Goffin to win it 6-4 in a little under 40 minutes.

In the third and final set, Djokovic overcame 14 unforced errors to win 7-5, finishing off Goffin in a little over two hours on Court Philippe Chatrier.

While Goffin managed to top Djokovic in several categories, including aces (7-5) and winners (32-26), he committed seven more unforced errors than his opponent and struggled to put his first serve into the box, connecting on just 61 percent of his first-serve attempts.

In the end, Djokovic was all smiles as usual (via RolandGarros):

Djokovic is now 32-8 at the French Open for his career, winning 80 percent of his career singles matches on the Paris clay.

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Having won at each of the other three Grand Slam events, the 26-year-old Serb is no doubt hungry to add a title at Roland Garros to his resume in order to establish himself as one of the all-time greats.

Djokovic reached the final of the French Open for the first time in his career last year but lost to seven-time tournament champion Rafael Nadal in four sets. The two rivals could potentially meet in a semifinal matchup this June.

Djokovic's quest for a first-ever French Open championship will continue in the second round against Guido Pella.

 

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