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French Open: Novak Djokovic beats Aljaz Bedene

Having been annoyed at his unforced errors against Steve Darcis, Novak Djokovic raised his game to move past Aljaz Bedene.

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Novak Djokovic met his desire for a more precise performance as he overcame Aljaz Bedene with a third successive straight-sets victory in the French Open.

An error-strewn display in the second round against Steve Darcis frustrated the world number one, and he put in a display of great efficiency to complete a 6-2 6-3 6-3 triumph.

The Serb's match was delayed following rain earlier in the day, but he won the race against the decreasing light to ensure the meeting with Bedene did not carry into a second day and book a last-16 match against Roberto Bautista Agut.

Djokovic established a 3-1 lead, but almost handed Bedene a route back into the opening set, though the world number 66 was unable to capitalise on a break point.

A sublime sliced backhand drop-shot caught Bedene too deep and set up a routine first set that Djokovic saw out with a second break.

Djokovic continued to power forward comfortably, but failed to serve out the second when 5-1 up when he sent a backhand long and wide.

Bedene staved off four set points to galvanise himself in game eight, yet Djokovic was unperturbed as he built on his lead.

Djokovic let out a primal roar as he moved 2-0 up in the third, but the British number two made him work for the win with a mix of shots that displayed his quality.

An excellent lob helped Bedene keep in touch, but he went long with the Serb, who gestured to the umpire to remain seated despite the darkness setting in, on match point.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN

Novak Djokovic [1] bt Aljaz Bedene 6-2 6-3 6-3

 

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS

Djokovic - 39/20

Bedene - 24/30

 

ACES

Djokovic - 5

Bedene - 8

 

BREAK POINTS WON

Djokovic - 7/17

Bedene - 2/7

 

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE

Djokovic - 76

Bedene - 58

 

PERCENTAGE POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE

Djokovic - 68/54

Bedene - 64/28

 

TOTAL POINTS

Djokovic - 107

Bedene - 78

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