Spaniard Pedro Martinez put up a good fight against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, but was no match for the World No.5 who knocked him out in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.
The 22-year-old has not dropped a single set since the start of the tournament, after beating Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the first round, also in straight sets.
“I’ve had good weeks this year, I’ve had some good results, but, of course, I feel like there’s always better,” Tsitsipas said in a post match interview.
“I don’t see my performance so far as super excellent and outstanding, but I’ve been consistent and that’s very important to maintain that lead that I’m looking for.”
Tsitsipas had to up his game early in the match to take control of the first two sets, but was able to assert his dominant play all through the third.
The Spaniard managed to break the World No. 5 when serving at 5-2 in the final set, but was met with a backhand winner, closing out the match.
Tsitsipas is currently at the top of the board, leading the FedEx ATP Race to Turin. He also won his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Monte-Carlo and a took home the win at the Lyon Open.
“I really like playing in Paris,” Tsitsipas said.
“I feel like the fans have embraced me and made me one of them. So, I’m really glad my tennis is there, my performance is there, and I’m able to deliver not just good tennis but also create a good atmosphere on this court.”
Tsitsipas will take on American John Isner in the third round, tomorrow at 5:00am AEST.
Maria Sakkari also made her way through to the third round after also dealing a straight sets win over Italian Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-3.
This is the third time in her career that she has qualified to the third round of Roland Garros.
The Greek tennis player needed four games to gain complete control of the match and proceeded to leave her 25-year-old opponent no room for reaction.
After saving a break point in the 1-2 of the first set, Sakkari took eight consecutive games and laid the foundations for the victory. Paolini tried to react and with her only break in the game reduced it to 3-2, but Sakkari kept the lead until the end.
Sakkari will face Belgian Elise Mertens tomorrow, with the time yet to be announced.