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):
A smiling, happy @DjokerNole after his three-set win on Chatrier against Goffin #RG13 http://t.co/AZKrWyWrHg2013-5-28 19:00:14
Djokovic is now 32-8 at the French Open for his career, winning 80 percent of his career singles matches on the Paris clay.
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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