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Novak Djokovic has crowd laughing after ball-boy antics

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Novak Djokovic is one of the favourites to win this year's French Open and he is keen to please those around him as the tournament progresses. 

The world no.2 eased his way into the third-round with a straight sets 6-1 6-4 6-2 win over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy today. However, it was his antics in the first-round that had the crowd laughing.

In his rain-interrupted match with Portuguese minnow Joao Sosa, Djokovic was being shielded from the elements by the ball-boy before becoming 6-1 6-2 6-4 winner. However, as the rain picked up, he invited his helper under the umbrella.

The two then had a chat and a drink together, to the amusement of the court crowd. The video has since been watched over 2 million times on YouTube.

This isn't his only nice action either, last week the Serbian star donated his Rome Masters winnings to victims of the Balkan flooding.

If he is acting jovial on court, there is sure to be seriousness deep down. The second seed will be desperate to end his rival Rafael Nadal's dominance in Paris.

Djokovic has six Grand Slam titles to his name across the three other majors, but Roland Garros continues to elude him. A final loss in 2012 is as close as he has come.

World no.1 Nadal has triumphed almost exclusively since making his debut on the dirt. His eight titles are bettered by nobody else, a shock fourth-round defeat in 2009 is the Spaniard's only ever loss. No wonder he is called the 'King of Clay'.

Many believe it could be Djokovic's year though. The 26-year-old has been in imperious form while Nadal falters.

The donation to his flood-ravaged homeland came after he beat Nadal in the Italian capital's final, and extended his winning run in the duo's head-to-head record to four in the process.

Marin Cilic will look to end his French Open progress in round-three, however, and the 25th seed came through his encounter Tobias Kamke in four sets.

Thus far it's been a year of shocks in the early rounds. In the women's singles draw today, last year's winner and 17-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams was knocked out and that followed second seed Li Na's unexpected exit yesterday.

For the gentleman, Stanislas Wawrinka - winner of the Australian Open - has been the highest-profile casualty. 

Nadal continues his campaign in round-two tomorrow against Dominic Thiem after losing just three games in his 6-0 6-3 6-0 demolition of wildcard entrant Robby Ginepri. 

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