June 12, 2021

Novak Djokovic powers into French Open fourth round via straight sets victory over Ricardas Berankis

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Novak Djokovic progressed to the fourth round of the French Open with a rather comfortable straight sets victory over Lithuanian opponent Ricardas Berankis.

The world No 1’s opponent, ranked at 92 in the world, provided little difficulties for Djokovic, who claimed a 6-1 6-4 6-1 victory without facing a single break point.

The Serbian will now face Italian surprise package Lorenzo Musetti, the 19-year-old who reached round four in his first ever Grand Slam by beating countryman Marco Cecchinato in five sets during Saturday’s Roland Garros play.

Novak Djokovic got to round four of the French Open by beating Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis

Novak Djokovic got to round four of the French Open by beating Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis

World no 92 Berankis struggled against the top seed and didn't even force a single break point

World no 92 Berankis struggled against the top seed and didn’t even force a single break point

In beating the Lithuanian on Court Phillipe-Chatrier, Djokovic has broken the Open Era record for the most consecutive appearances in round four of Roland Garros, with the Musetti meeting the Serbian’s 12th straight round four tie. 

Djokovic needed just 90 minutes to dispose of his opponent and move into the second week of French Open action, while the 34-year-old has still not dropped a set in this year’s tournament. 

The Serbian broke Berankis’ serve six times during the match and managed to hit 30 winners in that hour-and-a-half spell, with Djokovic remaining in the hunt for a 19th Grand Slam title, which would haul him one behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. 

Djokovic needed just 90 minutes to beat Berankis and still hasn't dropped a set this month

Djokovic needed just 90 minutes to beat Berankis and still hasn’t dropped a set this month

Djokovic may find new opponent Musetti a little more challenging, as the teenager is the only the sixth player since the turn of the century to reach the last-16 stage of a Slam on his first attempt.

The Italian beat 13th seed David Goffin in straight sets in round one and has since claimed victories over Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka and fellow Italian Cecchinato.

Meanwhile, King of Clay Nadal continues his Roland Garros journey against Britain’s Cameron Norrie later on Saturday, while Federer takes on Germany’s Dominik Koepfer later in the day.  

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