10 Things to Know, Day 7: Djokovic playing his 20th major as the No. 1

10 Things to Know, Day 7: Djokovic playing his 20th major as the No. 1

He has won 10 of his previous 19 majors as the No. 1 seed, and made the semifinals or better at 18 of his previous 19 majors as the No. 1 seed.

Trivia: Serena Williams plays 20-year-old American Sofia “Sonya” Kenin in the third round today. The 23-time major champion has only ever lost once to an American younger than herself at a Major—who is it? Check back tomorrow for the answer.

Week 1 wraps up at Roland Garros today

Both World No. 1s—Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka—will try to reach Week 2, as will the player who holds the record for most major titles in the Open era: Serena.

Serena is trying to reach the second week of a Slam for the 60th time

This is the one she has been to the second week of the fewest times, though—she has reached the second week of the Australian Open 15 times, the French Open 12 times, Wimbledon 15 times and the US Open 17 times.

Djokovic is 18-0 against qualifiers at majors

Qualifiers have gotten him at other events—he’s 74-6 against them overall—but he has never lost to one at a major. He plays Italian qualifier Caruso today.

Djokovic is playing his 20th major as the No. 1 seed

He has won 10 of his previous 19 majors as the No. 1 seed, and he has made the semifinals or better at 18 of his previous 19 majors as the No. 1 seed.

Osaka, the women’s No. 1 in singles, is playing the women’s No. 1 in doubles

Katerina Siniakova, who is ranked No. 42 in singles right now, has been No. 1 in doubles every week since October 22, 2018.

Osaka is hoping for an easier day at the office today

She was two points from losing her first round match with Anna Karolina  Schmiedlova, and five points from losing her second round match with Victoria Azarenka.

Amanda Anisimova is the only player born in the 2000s, male or female, to reach the second week of a major

The American achieved the feat by reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open this year, falling to Petra Kvitova—and now she can repeat the feat at the French Open if she beats Begu today.

Poland’s Iga Swiatek (ee-gah shvee-ahn-tek) can also achieve the feat here—she plays Monica Puig.

Dominic Thiem is seeking revenge

He has a winning record against Pablo Cuevas, 3-2, but in their only meeting at a major, Cuevas beat him in the second round here at Roland Garros in 2015 in four tight sets.

Cuevas is trying to become the first Uruguayan to reach the second week of a Grand Slam in 20 years.

Alexander Zverev and Dusan Lajovic have played once before—right here—and it went five sets

The world No. 5 beat Lajovic in the second round last year, 2-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2—Lajovic led 3-1 in the second set, too.

Lajovic is a different player now, though—he was No. 60 a year ago (now No. 35) and he has won his last three matches against Top 10 players, including his first Top 5 win over Thiem in Monte Carlo.

Madison Keys is trying to reach the second week for the 13th time in the last 17 Slams

After falling in the first week of the first 10 majors she played from 2011 to 2014, Keys has made the second week at 12 of the 16 majors she has played since 2015. She eyes a third round win over Anna Blinkova today.

Trivia Answer from yesterday: The only Norwegian player ever to reach the second week of a major, male or female, was Casper Ruud’s dad Christian Ruud, who reached the round of 16 at the 1997 Australian Open.