French Open 2019: Novak Djokovic experiences special first as he continues to cruise

Cassandra NegleyYahoo Sports Contributor
<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/olympics/rio-2016/a/1156004/" data-ylk="slk:Novak Djokovic">Novak Djokovic</a>'s wife, Jelena Djokovic, and son, Stefan Djokovic, watched his second-round match at the French Open. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic's wife, Jelena Djokovic, and son, Stefan Djokovic, watched his second-round match at the French Open. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic advanced easily to the third round of the French Open after defeating Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.

The world No. 1 will face Italy’s Salvatore Caruso in the third round as he goes for a 16th Grand Slam title and only a second French Open crown.

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The victory was standard for Djokovic, who has made at least the quarterfinals each of the past five years, with 4-year-old exception.

“It’s a very special day for me as it’s the first time in my life that I have played in front of my son,” Djokovic said on Court Suzanne Lenglen after the match, per the Daily Express. “He showed incredible patience to sit there for an hour and a half. Usually, he’s not that patient with tennis.

His 4-year-old son, Stefan, and wife, Jelena, watched from the stands. Stefan has been to matches before, but never stayed to the end.

Wimbledon shows Djokovic family bond

Stefan was 3 when Djokovic won the 2018 Wimbledon Open, his fourth title there and at the time his first Grand Slam title in three years. But his son wasn’t allowed on to Centre Court since children under 5 years old are not allowed on show courts at Wimbledon.

He did get to see his dad lift the trophy, as the rules are relaxed for the presentation.

"It feels amazing. For the first time in my life I have someone screaming 'Daddy, Daddy!'" Djokovic said after the joy of a win with his family attending.

He said visualizing his son seeing him win a Grand Slam helped him in his return from surgery.

Williams, Osaka move on

Serena Williams also moved into the third round with ease, taking care of Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-2. She faced zero break points and had 10 aces with 36 winners.

The 23-time major champion and 10th-ranked world player will take on Sofia Kenin, ranked No. 35, in the third round.

Naomi Osaka also moved into the third round, albeit with more of a scare than Williams experienced. The world’s No. 1 moved on 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Victoria Azarenka.

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