(May 30, 2013) Through the rain delays, Novak Djokovic made quick work of Argentina’s Guido Pella 6-2, 6-0, 6-2 to move into the third round of the French Open on Thursday.
The win sets up a clash with rising star Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. Djokovic lost to Dimitrov in the second round of the Madrid Open.
The 26th seed Dimitrov defeated Frenchman Lucas Pouille 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-1 to to get to No. 1 Djokovic.
“I think he’s got more confident as he’s getting big wins in the last few months, and so he’s a tough player now to beat,” Djokovic said. “Even though maybe his style of game could be better on the hard court or faster surfaces, he’s showing that he can play equally well on clay.
“It’s going to be a tough one for both of us, definitely. I need to be on top of my game.
“But here it’s best of five. It’s going to be very physical and all the hard work that I put into in preparations for this tournament hopefully will play into my advantage and will pay off on the court.”
“It’s like deja vu from two days ago, you know, coming in and out and warming up five times, but it is the way it is,” Djokovic said about the rain delays. “I’m just glad that I finished the match today.”
Only 18 of 32 scheduled singles matches were completed with 8 postponed entirely including seven-time champion Rafael Nadal who was scheduled to play Martin Klizan