24 May 2011

Djokovic says pressure no greater than usual

7:50 am on 24 May 2011

Novak Djokovic blasted his way into the second round of the French Open with a 6-2 6-1 6-3 rout of Thiemo De Bakker, further strengthening claims that this might be the Serbian's time at Roland Garros, but the tennis world number two says the pressure to win the year's second major is water of a ducks back.

The Serbian, who has never gone beyond the last four on the Roland Garros clay, barely broke sweat in dismissing Dutchman De Bakker for his 38th straight win since the start of the season.

Many are predicting world number one Rafael Nadal's time as the king of clay may be about to end but Djokovic says the lofty expectations won't affect his focus.

Also through to the second round are world number three Roger Federer, defending women's champion Francesca Schiavone and 2009 US Open Champion Juan Martin del Potro, while sixth seed Tomas Berdych was the biggest casualty so far losing to French qualifier Stephane Robert.