Novak Djokovic took advantage of an overnight delay to see off Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the actual 3rd round of the French Open today for his 42nd consecutive triumph.
Once the players came up off courts right after 9pm yesterday evening it had been very much game on in the tie of the round after twenty fifth seed Del Potro hit back to win the 2nd set and level the match.
But Djokovic had been imperious today, smashing the Argentinian’s serve four times to arrange yet another most likely difficult clash versus Richard Gasquet in round four.
Djokovic could have considered himself very unlucky to deal with a competitor as good as Del Potro, who dropped a titanic semi-final right here to Roger Federer in ’09, at such an initial phase of the event.
A critical wrist injury ruled the former US Open winner out for most of this past year and, although he has demonstrated encouraging form this season, his ranking has only rose so far as 26th.
Following both players have missed chances to break right at the start of the match up, Djokovic took his opportunity in the fourth game and even continued to clinch the third set