After the match, the 35-year-old Novak Djokovic said that the wind didn’t make it easy for him to defeat Molcan at the Roland Garros.
Novak Djokovic. Courtesy: Reuters
- Djokovic won the match 6-2 6-3 7-6(4)
- Djokovic will next face Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene
- Djokovic’s former coach is Alex Molcan’s current coach
World No.1 Novak Djokovic said that beating Slovakia’s Alex Molcan in the second round of the French Open 2022 wasn’t a cakewalk by any stretch of the imagination. On Wednesday, May 25, the Serbian star won 6-2 6-3 7-6(4) and progressed to the third round of the clay-court tournament.
Djokovic has had a tough time this year after he failed to defend his Australian Open title due to issues over his Covid vaccination status. Subsequently, Spain’s Rafael Nadal went on to win the tournament and surpassed Djokovic’s tally of 20 Grand Slams.
At Court Suzanne Lenglen, the 35-year-old Djokovic didn’t allow his opponent a foothold into the door. However, in the third set, the veteran strained a wee bit as he went into the tie-breaker. But Djokovic kept his composure and came out trumps.
RESPECT FOR ALEX
After the match, Djokovic said that the wind didn’t make it easy for him to defeat Molcan. “It was a difficult match with a lot of wind, changing direction. You have to be fully focused,” Djokovic said after the match.
“I have a lot of respect for Alex. He’s got a game that’s made for this surface. I hope it’s the last time I play against Marian Vajda as coach of my opponent,” he added. Molcan is currently trained by Vajda, Djokovic’s former long-time coach.
Djokovic is next set to lock horns with Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene in the third round match of the French Open. The 32-year-old Bedene defeated Uruguayan star Pablo Cuevas in the second round at Roland Garros.