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Hello and welcome to our dwell protection from the French Open as defending champion Novak Djokovic faces Spain’s Roberto Carballés Baena in spherical two.

24-time grand slam winner Djokovic has been removed from his regular dominant self in 2024. He has not gained a event this yr and had early exits at Indian Wells and the Italian Open, the place he was affected by a metallic water bottle falling on his head whereas signing autographs. Given his glittering profession report, name it a disaster.

After dropping Saturday’s Geneva Open semi-final to Tomas Machac, he conceded he wasn’t a favorite for the French Open. Djokovic is coming in with “low expectations and high hopes,” he stated at his pre-tournament press convention on Sunday.

Nevertheless, he acquired by way of his opener at Roland Garros in opposition to Pierre-Hugues Herbert in straight units, going by way of the gears when required to win a second-set tie-break with some characteristically clutch play. There have been glimpses of the acquainted ferocious competitor in Djokovic too.

“I’m glad I started the way I started, the way I felt on the court,” Djokovic stated afterwards. “Comparing to the previous weeks of tournaments I [recently] played, I felt good, better. I’m moving in a positive direction.”

“I was fist pumping, I was focused, I was there, I was present. So I’m pleased with the way I had a mindset on the court. That was something that I was looking for. And where are you going to feel that way if not in grand slams?”

31-year-old Carballés Baena must play at his best to check the Serbian: he’s ranked at 62 on this planet and has misplaced their earlier two encounters, each at slams, in straight units.

Let’s hope the group on Court Philippe-Chatrier behave themselves too. If they’re shouting or making noise throughout factors, Novak Djokovic likely gained’t be as tactful and well mannered in his riposte as Iga Swiatek was yesterday after her enthralling second spherical win over Naomi Osaka.