Djokovic beats former coach s new pupil at French Open
May 26, 2022 11:16 AM
World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic eased into the French Open third round on Wednesday by defeating the new pupil of his former long-time coach.
Top seed Djokovic saw off Slovakia's Alex Molcan, who is coached by Marian Vajda, the man who inspired most of his 20 Slam titles, 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).
Djokovic fired 10 aces and 40 winners past his 38th-ranked opponent and will next face Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene for a place in the last 16.
"It was a real pleasure to play on Court Suzanne Lenglen. I don't have a lot of opportunities to play here," said the 35-year-old.
"I could feel the support. There were tricky conditions today with a lot of wind coming in different directions.
"So I had to stay focused and stay patient."
"I have a lot of respect for Alex, he's a specialist on this surface."