Novak Djokovic Defeats Guido Pella to Advance at 2013 French Open

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 30, 2013

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 28:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand in his Men's Singles match against David Goffin of Belgium during day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 28, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Despite several rain delays, world No. 1 men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic defeated first-time Roland Garros competitor Guido Pella 6-2, 6-0, 6-2 to advance to the third round of the 2013 French Open.

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1]  6  6  6  --  --
Guido Pella (ARG)   2  0  2  --  --

Djokovic proved once again just how dominant of a player he really is by taking Pella to his physical and mental limit. Using his strong serve, his length and his incredible lateral movement on the clay, the world No. 1 showed that he is ready to contend for the 2013 French Open title.

During Djokovic’s first-round victory over David Goffin, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 7-5, the world’s top player looked to be shaking off the rust and trying out all the aspects of his game that he has been working on in live action.

The momentum Djokovic created in the first round carried over into Thursday's match with Pella.

While both Goffin and Pella played admirably against Djokovic, the sport’s top player has sent a warning to the rest of the talented field that he will be a force in this tournament.

Djokovic has never won the French Open, but after reaching the final last year—where he lost to Rafael Nadal in four sets—the tennis sensation is looking to complete his career Grand Slam by claiming a victory at Roland Garros.

With an incredibly deep field this year, including Nadal in his half of the draw, Djokovic must use these opening-round matchups to sharpen his play for his eventual games against the best in the world.

The road to a French Open championship only gets tougher from here for the world No. 1, as he now moves to play No. 26 seed Grigor Dimitrov in the third round.