Novak Djokovic

Djokovic, Nadal advance to French Open final

The Spaniard, chasing a record-extending 13th triumph at Roland Garros, will meet the world number one for the seventh time at Roland Garros, having beaten him six times out of seven, including twice in the two finals they played.

The 34-year-old Nadal, now undefeated in 13 French Open semi-finals, once again relied on his massive forehand to notch up his 10th win in 11 encounters with Schwartzman, who beat him at the Italian Open last month.

Djokovic advances as Pliskova dumped out

Some rare sunshine bathed the Court Phillipe Chatrier but it was dull viewing for the few spectators allowed in to watch the 33-year-old glide effortlessly through.

The opening set was done and dusted in 22 minutes as Djokovic won the last 10 points and the second set was only marginally more competitive.

Berankis, ranked 66th, needed courtside treatment on his back before the start of the third set but got back to his feet to endure more punishment from the clinical Serb.

Djokovic eases into second round at Roland Garros

Little over three weeks since Djokovic was defaulted in the U.S. Open fourth round for hitting a line judge with a ball, he was a model of self-control as he outclassed the young Swede.

Had Court Philippe Chatrier been packed with fans rather than just a smattering because of the COVID-19 restrictions, Djokovic might have expected some heckling from the sometimes fickle post-lunch French audience.

Instead, it was as gentle a return to the Grand Slam spotlight as the 33-year-old top seed could have wished for as he charmed the tiny audience with his silky repertoire.

Djokovic and Halep win Italian Open titles

Djokovic overcame a sluggish start to lift his fifth Italian Open title, defeating Argentine Diego Schwartzman 7-5 6-3 for a record 36th ATP Masters crown

Playing his maiden ATP 1000 final, eighth seed Schwartzman raced out of the blocks to convert two break point opportunities for a 3-0 lead as Djokovic struggled to put a lid on his backhand errors.

An on-and-off drizzle at Foro Italico added to Djokovic's frustration but he still found a way past Schwartzman's serve to draw level at 3-3.

Djokovic, Federer and Ash Barty through to quarters

Djokovic continued his imperious progress through the men's draw, negotiating a potentially tricky encounter with Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 6-4 to reach the last eight at Melbourne Park for the 11th time.

The seven-times champion only added to a strong feeling around the tournament that the Serbian is again the man to beat at the year's first Grand Slam as he ousted the Argentine in just over two hours at Rod Laver Arena.

Federer, chasing a record-extending 21st Grand Slam, came from behind to beat Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-2.

Djokovic and Barty score first up wins in NY

The top-seeded Serbian, who has claimed four of the last five grand slam titles, took some time to settle in to his first career meeting with Carballes Baena but after a tight first set was off to the races.

Djokovic, bidding for a 17th grand slam title, got an early break to go ahead 2-0 in the second set and never looked back as the three-times champion used a mix of deft volleys, solid movement and great instincts to secure the win.

Up next for Djokovic will be either American Sam Querrey or Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero.

Djokovic right at home in Melbourne

The top seed triumphed 6-3 6-2 6-3 in a one-sided final against Rafael Nadal on Sunday to claim the 15th grand slam of his career, meaning he sits alone in third place on the all-time list.

Djokovic has also now won the last three majors in succession, a stunning run considering he went under the knife early in February 2018 to cure a troublesome issue with his right elbow.

His decision to have an operation came after a surprise fourth-round exit in Australia to Hyeon Chung, but this year he was the last man standing after crushing Nadal in two hours and four minutes. 

Djokovic back to threaten Federer's reign

Federer, who faces Denis Istomin on Monday night to launch his quest for an Open hat-trick, has owned the Open since his stunning return to grand slam glory with an epic victory two years ago over Rafael Nadal.

But his latest reign coincided with Djokovic's mystifying slump during which the Serb dropped to No.22 in the world and was barely a factor at the majors.

Djokovic is undoubtedly back, the 31-year-old rediscovering his mojo in winning Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 to regain the No.1 ranking and top seeding status for the Open.

Chung shocks Djokovic to advance

Former world No 1 Djokovic, who has been playing with a sleeve over the troublesome elbow that sidelined him for six months, paid the price for a lack of competitive tennis as he suffered a 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 7-6 (7-3) defeat to relentless 21-year-old Chung.

Meanwhile, unheralded Sandgren added to his earlier victory over 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka by crushing fifth seed Dominic Thiem's hopes in five sets.

Federer: I should not be favourite

Federer returned from a lengthy injury hiatus 12 months ago to win a stunning 18th Grand Slam title in Melbourne, while this time his preparation has been virtually perfect.

His rival Rafael Nadal he has not contested a match since November because of knee troubles while the fitness of six-time champion Novak Djokovic is even more uncertain after six months out with an elbow injury, but Federer said of his expectations: "It's totally different.