Muguruza, Djokovic move to French Open third round

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts as he plays Portugal’s Joao Sousa during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

Reigning champion Garbine Muguruza survived a tough French Open second-round challenge from Anett Kontaveit, while men’s title-holder Novak Djokovic stormed into the last 32 on Wednesday, Agence-France Presse reported.

Muguruza’s patchy form this season included a loss to the world number 53 in Stuttgart, with the Spaniard again in dire trouble in Paris after falling a set and a break behind against the Estonian, AFP added.

AFP also said that the fourth seed recovered to claw out a 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2 win and book a third-round clash with Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.

“I have a different spirit here, I’m going to fight for every ball to try and win,” said Muguruza, who defeated Serena Williams in last year’s final.

“She was playing so good first two sets, I was just hanging there waiting for my moment and in the third set it came.”

Djokovic needed little over two hours to see off Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 as he bids to become the first man in the Open era to win each Grand Slam twice, AFP indicated.

The world number two broke his 59th-ranked opponent six times to make it four wins in as many meetings with Sousa, added AFP.

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