Djokovic defeated Marton Fucsovics, but did not write any message on the camera after the match as he did previously. Djokovic stood by his statement that “Kosovo is the heart of Serbia,” saying “It’s something that I stand for.” Djokovic acknowledged his tendency to be embroiled in drama at Grand Slams, saying “A drama-free Grand Slam, I don’t think it can happen for me.”
Djokovic’s comments sparked backlash. The Kosovo Olympic Committee asked the IOC to discipline Djokovic, calling his comments propaganda that raise tensions. France’s Sports Minister said the message was inappropriate, though the ITF said no rule was violated.
Elina Svitolina said Djokovic should be free to express his views. Svitolina beat Storm Sanders, while Aryna Sabalenka refused to condemn the war in Ukraine after beating Iryna Shymanovich.
Former champion Jelena Ostapenko and 2021 champ Barbora Krejcikova lost, leaving Iga Swiatek as the only past women’s champion left. Jessica Pegula and Anna Blinkova won, while Caroline Garcia lost.
In men’s action, Thanasi Kokkinakis upset Stan Wawrinka, while No. 7 seed Andrey Rublev won.