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Big names live up to billing in French Open second round
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Big names live up to billing in French Open second round

As the biggest name in women's tennis crashed out of the French Open, the leading lights in the men's game showed no signs of letting up.

The unexpected exit of Serena Williams at the hands of Garbine Muguruza dominated the headlines coming out of Roland Garros on Wednesday, but Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were among the frontrunners for the men's title to cruise into the third round in straight sets.

Djokovic - looking for his maiden French Open win - made light work of France's Jeremy Chardy in a 6-1 6-4 6-2 triumph.

The Serb had never lost a set to his opponent in eight previous meetings and maintained that unblemished record in a dominant victory on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Djokovic will now face Marin Cilic, who came through his second-round clash against Tobias Kamke 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-0.

After going a break down against Argentine qualifier Diego Sebastian Schwartzman in the opener, Federer recovered to outnumber his opponent by a single break of serve in each set and seal his place in the third round.

Dmitry Tursunov awaits Federer, having beaten Sam Querrey of the United States 6-4 7-5 6-1.


It was not a good day for fellow seeds Mikhail Youzhny and Alexandr Dolgopolov, who lost to Radek Stepanek and Marcel Granollers respectively, but home hope Jo-Wilfired Tsonga stormed through with a 6-2 6-3 6-4 precession past Jurgen Melzer and eighth seed Milos Raonic was a 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 6-1 winner over Jiri Vesely.

Poland's Jerzy Janowicz edged three tight sets to overcome Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4, while 10th seed John Isner had to come from behind to beat Mikhail Kukshkin 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 7-6 (7-4).

Tomas Berdych also threatened to go the same way as Youzhny and Dolgopolov, but bounced back from an early scare to go through in a 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 7-5 6-3 win over Aleksandr Nedovyesov - ranked 95 places below his opponent.

Elsewhere, Spanish duo Tommy Robredo and Roberto Bautista Agut picked up wins over French opposition in the shape of Kenny de Schepper and Benoit Paire respectively, while 18th seed Ernests Gulbis disposed of qualifier Facundo Bagnis in straight sets.

There were also wins for Gilles Simon, Martin Klizan and Steve Johnson, who booked their places in the next round with wins over Alejandro Gonzalez, Robin Haase and Jack Sock.

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