Djokovic had no trouble with Chardy as he won the first set handily and fended off the Frenchman in the second. The world No. 1 is going for his third Madrid title—he won in 2011 and 2016.
The 15-time Grand Slam champion began his 2019 campaign on a high by claiming his third consecutive Grand Slam at the Australian Open in January, but things haven't gone well for him since then. He's reached only one quarterfinal match, losing to Daniil Medvedev in Monte Carlo last month.
If he wins the 2019 edition of the French Open, it will be his fourth consecutive Grand Slam. The other time he achieved that feat was in 2016.
Up next for Djokovic is Marin Cilic, who clawed his way back from a set down to defeat Laslo Dere, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.