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Djokovic, Nadal and Murray advance to the Third Round in Paris

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It was largely a routine day at the office for the big guns in the men's draw at Roland Garros with world no.1 Novak Djokovic and 9-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal leading the way into Round 3. Joining them in the round of 32 are the likes of Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Marin Cilic. There were a few upsets today though with big serving American John Isner, Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber and young Aussie Bernard Tomic all making early exits from Roland Garros.

Novak Djokovic's quest for a maiden French Open title made its way into round 3 today with the Serbian superstar battling past Luxembourg's greatest tennis product Gilles Muller in straight sets 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in a shade under 2 hours. The 32 year old left-hander was never really expected to pose much of a challenge to Djokovic, who rattled off 35 winners en route to the third round.

Joining him there is the 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal, who continues his quest to join Margaret Court as the only tennis player in history to be in double digits at one particular Grand Slam tournament. Nadal looked close to his best getting past a tricky opponent in compatriot Nicolas Almagro in rather routine fashion, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1. Nadal will next face Andrey Kuznetsov in the third round. Kuznetsov downed Austrian veteran Jurgen Melzer in four sets, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6(0), 7-5.

Britain's Andy Murray, seeded third at Roland Garros this year, dropped a set to Portugal's Joao Sousa, before prevailing 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. The match started in exceptional fashion with a 15-minute opening service game for Sousa, which resulted in Murray breaking serve. After dropping the opening set, Sousa fought back to take the second, and was within a point of going 3-1 up in the third before Murray stormed back to take control of proceedings. Murray will next square off against 29th seed Nick Kyrgios of Australia, who was granted a walk-over by another Briton Kyle Edmund.

Men's Singles – Second Round

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Gilles Muller (LUX) 61 64 64

[3] Andy Murray (GBR) d. Joao Sousa (POR) 62 46 64 61

[6] Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 64 63 61

[7] David Ferrer (ESP) d. Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 62 63 61

[9] Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Andrea Arnaboldi (ITA) 76(3) 61 61

Jeremy Chardy (FRA) d. [16] John Isner (USA) 64 46 63 63

[17] David Goffin (BEL) d. Santiago Giraldo (COL) 63 46 75 62

Pablo Andujar (ESP) d. [22] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 61 76(5) 36 36 64

[23] Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 64 64 67(1) 61

Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) d. [27] Bernard Tomic (AUS) 36 36 63 64 86

[29] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) d. Kyle Edmund (GBR) W/O (stomach)

Simone Bolelli (ITA) d. [31] Viktor Troicki (SRB) 62 64 63

Jack Sock (USA) d. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 67(2) 76(4) 61 76(4)

Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) d. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 61 57 76(0) 75