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"I feel like every time I come here to Paris, it's raining. I can remember very few times where I feel like I've played a hot day here, and I remember plenty of these types of matches, sadly. Alex de Minaur, de minaur


"I feel like every time I come here to Paris, it's raining. I can remember very few times where I feel like I've played a hot day here, and I remember plenty of these types of matches, sadly.

"But I knew what to expect. I was ready. I had my undershirt thermal layering on. I was ready for a battle in the cold and rain."

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Much more ready than his young opponent, who looked thoroughly disenchanted with the clay, the rain, de Minaur's killer drop shots and, last but not least, an umpire who he berated wildly for one bad call.

When asked his defeat by Michelsen in Mexico, de Minaur chose his words carefully.

"That match I'd flown from Rotterdam basically the night before from an indoor event to an outdoor event in Mexico. It was quite a quick turnaround. So I probably wasn't quite ready to play — but I definitely was ready today," he said.

His performance was dotted with some virtuoso shotmaking and de Minaur, who next meets tough Spanish clay-courter Jaume Munar, was most pleased with the way he handed the testing, heavy conditions by looking on the bright side of life.

"The most important thing was to have a positive mindset throughout the whole day because it's very easy to start complaining the weather, the conditions, everything, but if you start down that rabbit hole, you can probably guarantee you're not going to play a good-level match," he said.

"So you've got to take it lightly. You've got to see the bright side of it. Even though it's a little bit fake it until you make it, right?

"I was telling myself walking into the match that 'I love these types of conditions, you know I wish every day was like this'.Meanwhile,

The top seed had to wait until the night match on the third day of the tournament to begin his quest for a record-extending 25th grand slam title but quickly hit his stride to dispatch the local wildcard on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Djokovic has not reached a final this year.

Alex de Minaur defeated Alex Michelsen (USA) 6-1, 6-0, 6-2

Luciano Darderi (ITL) defeated Rinky Hijikata 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1

Arthur Rinderknech (FRA) defeated Adam Walton 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 

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