Novak Djokovic, the world No. 1, marks the first-ever men’s night session at Court Philippe-Chatrier with an effortless win over Tennys Sandgren
- Djokovic started his French Open campaign with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win
- No spectators allowed at Philippe Chatrier court due to a local curfew at 9pm
- He then faces Cuevas en route to a possible semifinal showdown with Nadal
Novak Djokovic, the world No. 1 in the world, kicked off his French Open campaign on Tuesday with a routine 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win against American Tennys Sandgren in the first men’s game scheduled to be an overnight session.
With no spectators on the Philippe Chatrier pitch due to a 9pm local curfew, the Serb went through the gears while knocking out his opponent seemingly effortlessly.
Djokovic, who is on the hunt for a 19th major title and wants to narrow the gap to 20-time Grand Slam champions Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, showed some signs of frustration in the second set, but world number 66 Sandgren was never able to bother him .
Novak Djokovic of the world kicked off his French Open campaign on Tuesday with a routine win
The third set was just a formality as Djokovic, who won his only Roland Garros title in 2016, won five games in a row in what appeared to be a training session.
He then takes on Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas en route to a possible semifinal showdown with 13-time French Open champion Nadal.
While he appreciated playing the men’s first evening session at Roland Garros, Djokovic said he would have preferred to play in front of an audience as he did last week in Belgrade, where he won the title.
No spectators allowed on the Philippe Chatrier pitch for the evening game due to a local curfew at 9pm
“I am honored to be the first men’s game to play an evening session of Roland Garros. It was very interesting to say the least, I loved the conditions and the way I played, the way I moved, the way I felt, it worked quite well,” he told an interviewer to the court.
“Tennys played good tennis. He challenged my serve, in the second set he had six break points. But it was awfully quiet, with crowds it would have been the perfect scenario, perfect setting, but hopefully this will be the last game without an audience in this tournament for me.’
One evening session per day is scheduled until June 9, but only the last one will be played for the fans, with the French government pushing back the curfew until next Wednesday at 11pm.