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Djokovic sets up Dimitrov clash

World number one Novak Djokovic moved effortlessly closer to a first Roland Garros crown on Thursday.

Top-seeded Djokovic wasted no time in making the third round and setting up a mouth-watering clash with Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov for a last-16 place.

The Serb, bidding to win a first French Open and become just the eighth man to complete a career Grand Slam, eased past Argentina's world 83 Guido Pella, 6-2, 6-0, 6-2.

Dimitrov, the 26th seed, will be playing in the last 32 of a major for the first time after breezing past French wildcard Lucas Pouille, the world number 324, in straight sets 6-1, 7-6 (7/4), 6-1.

Djokovic lost to Dimitrov in the Madrid Masters second round earlier this month.

"Even though 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," said Djokovic.

"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."

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Rain meant that there were frustrating stoppages.

Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal, who is hoping to become the first man to win the same major eight times, had only started warming up against Slovakia's Martin Klizan when play was halted again.

That match was eventually called off for the day.


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