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Djokovic sails through, Thiem beats Bublik’s underarm tactics

Paris, May 31: Novak Djokovic coasted in to round three of the French Open on Thursday (May 30), while Dominic Thiem came through a tricky encounter with Alexander Bublik. Just as he did in his opener, Djokovic won in straight sets. The top seed saw off Henri Laaksonen 6-1 6-4 6-3 in just over an hour and a half on Court Suzanne-Lenglen to book a meeting with qualifier Salvatore Caruso, who beat Gilles Simon 6-1 6-2 6-4. Clay-court specialist Thiem twice fought from 4-1 down in sets against Bublik but was only successful in the fourth set, when he sealed a 6-3 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 7-5 triumph. Alexander Zverev swept aside Mikael Ymer in straight sets and Gael Monfils came out on top 6-3 6-4 6-4 against fellow Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, but eighth seed Juan Martin del Potro required the full five to get past Yoshihito Nishioka. There were also wins for Fabio Fognini, Borna Coric and Karen Khachanov, while Fernando Verdasco fell to Antoine Hoang and Kyle Edmund retired in the third set of his meeting with Pablo Cuevas due to a knee injury.