The incredible season of the Serbian is still on. Novak Djokovic is now on a 25 match winning streak (counting with the win by walkover against Tomic) and his win-loss record has improved to 38-2 after his match today on Court Suzanne-Lenglen. The world number one was up against Gilles Muller, ranked 55th.
The first set was dominated by Novak who won the set in 22 minutes, belting his first serve with good direction and varying his shots. Muller hit a lot of drop shots with success, but he only could win one game in the first set.
The second set was much closer than the first one with Muller hitting his forehands much better but playing much more defensive, while Novak was attacking more. Before the last game of the second set, Djokovic took a medical timeout with pain in his right leg. He got his upper legs and lower back massaged. The third set was similar to the second, and the Serbian managed to get through.
At the end of the match, Muller hit four aces and had six double faults compared to three aces and one double fault from "Nole". Novak only got broken once in four opportunities while he broke the man from Luxembourg five times in twelve chances. Nole hit 68% of his first serves in and managed to win 42 points on 50 shots. Note that Gilles had 26 unforced errors and 23 winners against the 18 and 35 from the world number one, respectively.
"Thankfully it's nothing major, so it's not kind of a concern for the next match, which is the most important thing. Obviously wasn't pleasant, you know, with the conditions that were changing today, and I think a little bit of a heavier conditions on the court made the court a little more wet and pretty slippery so I think that's when it happened. I made a couple of slides that were quite unusual with change of directions and it happened on those dynamic movements .I jammed the hip a little bit. Thankfully it's nothing serious so it's gonna be fine. " said the last year's French Open Finalist about the medical timeout.
Novak will now face Kokkinakis for a place in the fourth round where he can meet Anderson, Gasquet, or Berlocq.
Muller will next play at the Topshelf Open in The Netherlands.