Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both barely broke sweat in runaway victories which put the pair of seeds into the fourth round of the French Open on Saturday.

Top seed Djokovic was untouchable against Rikardas Berankis. 6-1, 6-4, 6-1.

Nadal, bidding for a record 14th trophy at Roland Garros, had an equally easy time in his 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 dispatch of Brit Cameron Norrie.

Both Nadal and Djokovic have now reached the fourth-round here 12 times,

Djokovic needed 94 minutes to put out his 93rd-ranked Lithuanian opponent and will next play Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 winner in three hours over compatriot Marco Cecchinato.

Lorenzo Musetti will play Novak Djokovic next

“I have a lot of feelings right now, but I’m not thinking about the match,” Musetti said. 

“I’ll try to enjoy a bit of the win of today, and then tomorrow I will focus myself on trying to beat Novak and try to go forward.”

Djokovic, who has hit with Musetti at home in Monte Carlo, knows he will be in for a battle.

“He’s got a lot of firepower from both forehand and backhand,” the seed said of the No. 76.

“He’s got a really all-around game, and not just for clay. 

.”I know that he is a big challenge to me, there is no question I have to go out playing on a high level, because he will not have much to lose.

“I’m sure he’s gonna come out and really try to play tennis of his life playing on one of the two big courts.”

Nadal turned in his standard clay performance at his favourite venue with his win over Norrie, finalist on clay twice last month in Estoril and Lyon.

The Spaniard now faces NextGen standout Jannik Sinner. who completed a quick win over fellow young gun Mikael Ymer, defeating the Swede 6-1, 7-5, 6-3.

Roland Garros, Jannik Sinner will next face Rafa Nadal Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

“It’s gonna be a tough one, he’s young and improving every week,” the 35-year-old said of his 19-year-old opponent.

“I need to be solid and aggressive too. I need to make him play from tough positions and I can’t make a lot of mistakes.”

The third seed added: “It’s the fourth round, you can’t expect an easy opponent out there. And Jannik is not the best fourth round, without a doubt: he’s a dangerous one. 

“He’s young. He’s a great player. We know each other well. So let’s see.”

Teeth seed Diego Schwartzman laid on a 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 beatdown of 37-year-old veteran Philip Kohlschreiber to avenge a loss he took to the German in Vienna four years ago.

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The plucky Argentine pocket rocket broke seven times and ended with equal 24 winners and unforced errors in the two-hour contest.

Schwartzman achieved a career-best of the semi-finals here last October when the delayed COVID edition was played.

But he said spring conditions could not be more different: “It’s very fast this year when the sun is out, you have to be sometimes a little bit more aggressive. 

“Last year was very cold, very slow, this year, the ball is jumping. So you can make winners and you can be more aggressive.

“Today was similar to October – it was cold. The conditions were cloudy, and the ball was not jumping. So I was happy.”

Experienced German Jan-Lennard Struff tamed Spain’s rising 18-year-old hope Carlos Alcraz  – tipped as heir to Nadal – with a 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-2 reality lesson.


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