Paris, France (Sports Network) - World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was an easy
second-round winner Thursday at a rainy 2013 French Open.
The Serbian star dismantled promising Argentine left-hander Guido Pella 6-2,
6-0, 6-2 in 1 hour, 26 minutes at Stade Roland Garros, where rain interrupted
play several times on Day 5 and forced the suspension or postponement of
The reigning Australian Open champion Djokovic was last year's French and U.S.
Open runner-up. He lost to Rafael Nadal in a marquee Paris finale.
Djokovic needs a French Open title to complete a career Grand Slam.
Up next for the Serbian slugger will be 26th-seeded rising Bulgarian Grigor
Dimitrov, who topped 19-year-old French wild card Lucas Pouille 6-1, 7-6
(7-4), 6-1 on a wet, chilly day. The 22-year-old Dimitrov beat Djokovic on red
clay at the Madrid Masters three weeks ago.
The third-seeded former No. 1 Nadal had his second-rounder against Slovak
Martin Klizan postponed until Friday. The seven-time champ is seeking a fourth
straight title at Roland Garros.
Thirteenth-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori held off Slovenian Grega Zemlja 6-1,
5-7, 6-1, 6-4, while 16th-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber advanced via
walkover when Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu pulled out of the draw due to an ankle
Also on Day 5, rising 24th-seeded French favorite Benoit Paire played in
between raindrops to beat Pole Lukasz Kubot 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 6-4,
27th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini foiled Czech Lukas Rosol 6-2, 7-6 (7-3),
2-6, 6-1, and Romanian veteran Victor Hanescu was leading Dmitry
Tursunov 6-4, 6-6 when the oft-injured Russian retired due to a left thigh
problem. Paire will tangle with Nishikori in the round of 32.
Ninth-seeded Swiss Stan Wawrinka was leading Argentine Horacio Zeballos 6-2,
7-6 (7-2), 3-3, 29th-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny was ahead of Argentine
Federico Delbonis 6-3, 1-1, and former world No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko of Russia
was leading Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 3-2 in the first set when play
was called for the day.
The third round will commence Friday, including matches for second-seeded
former No. 1 great Roger Federer, fourth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer and
sixth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Federer will take on 30th-seeded
Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who upset the Swiss icon in Rotterdam earlier this
year, while Ferrer will face left-handed fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez
and the former Aussie Open runner-up Tsonga will battle 25th-seeded compatriot
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