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Fashion aces from Roland Garros 2020

While many players repeated their US Open looks, Sofia Kenin showed off a new Fila kit. (Getty)

Le sigh. A delayed, two-week affair in Paris makes for a chilly conclusion to 2020’s Grand … Troika in tennis. It would make sense, on some level, that a layered global crisis would be visualized by layers of branded and/or makeshift kits adorning the physiques of ATP and WTA pros at Roland Garros. They’re just trying to keep warm and keep well, in this quasi-bubble atmosphere.

An abbreviated, compressed calendar in sport has led to this: players competing in compression, long-sleeve attire and more or less just trying to do their best. The clay-court tennis in this September-to-October weather has largely been less than glorious—mist turns to rain, caked red dirt flies off the struck ball—but it’s happening. For that we give thanks, and along the way, some enterprising pros manage to make

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Djokovic Into Roland Garros Last 16 As Women Seeds Scattered

Novak Djokovic demolished Colombian lucky loser Daniel Galan to reach the Roland Garros last 16 for a record-equalling 11th successive year on Saturday as unheralded Daniel Altmaier struck another blow for the underdogs.

The women’s draw also had a new look ahead of the second week with only five of the top 20 seeds reaching the fourth round.

World number one Djokovic swept past 153rd-ranked Galan 6-0, 6-3, 6-2, his most challenging moment coming when he helped ground staff lay more clay on the surface of Court Philippe Chatrier after rain had made it treacherous.

Landmark day: Tunisia's Ons Jabeur Landmark day: Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur Photo: AFP / MARTIN BUREAU

“I played pretty solid today, I’m happy about that,” said Djokovic, the 2016 champion who is chasing an 18th Grand Slam title, after his 71st win in Paris.

Djokovic, who has dropped just 15 games in three rounds, took his 2020 record to 34 wins

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French Open 2020: Rafael Nadal starts quest for 13th Roland Garros title in routine fashion

Rafael Nadal breezed into the second round of the French Open with a straight-sets win over Egor Gerasimov at Roland Garros.

Seeking a remarkable 13th title at the clay-court grand slam, Nadal had suggested the conditions and heavier balls he described as “slow and dangerous” could impact his hopes.

He came into Monday’s meeting with the world number 83 having only played one tournament since February due to the coronavirus pandemic, losing to Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-finals in Rome.

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Neither the balls nor any Nadal rust could prevent him from claiming a 6-4 6-4 6-2 victory, though, Gerasimov’s admirable resistance fading after he turned his ankle in the third set.

The first break came Nadal’s way courtesy of a deft drop shot and that was enough to claim the first set, which he wrapped up with

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