Leo Borg into third round at French Open

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Leo Borg is continuing to prove he's a chip off the old block as he followed the winning ways of his celebrated dad Bjorn at the French Open.

The 18-year-old Swede, who's been bringing back the memory of Bjorn in his heyday at Roland Garros with his physical resemblance, reached the third round of the boys' event on Tuesday.

It followed his fine winning debut on Monday exactly 40 years after Bjorn won the last French Open match of his career for his sixth title in Paris.

Leo had to show his battling qualities as he came from a set down for a second day running to beat German Max Hans Rehberg 1-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 to advance into the last-16, where he'll meet China's top seed Juncheng Shang.

Yet for Leo, it's already too late to match his father's precocity.

Aged 18, he has yet to win a professional match on the main tour, while Borg senior had just turned 18 when he won his first French Open title.

"I was having a hard time when I was a bit younger," Leo said when asked about the huge expectations linked to his name.

"Now I'm getting used to it, I can control it more. But it's going to be following me all my tennis career. It's not bothering me."

Leo started playing tennis when he was six years old but said he did not train seriously until he was 14 when he quit soccer. He made his professional debut in February last year and said his "lowest goal" is now to make it to the Top 10 at some point.

After spending three weeks training at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Spain last year, he returned to Sweden to work with his long-time coach at the Royal Tennis Club.

His father occasionally gives him a few tips but doesn't get mixed up with his son's training.

"The best advice he gave me is to have things organised," he said. "To have everything in life organised."

In addition to his six Roland Garros titles, Bjorn Borg also won five times on the Wimbledon grass. After initially being drawn to hard-court tennis, Leo said his best surface is going to be clay because it's better suited to his game.

Leo's dad will arrive in Paris later this week and the teenager hopes he will still be in the fray at that stage so that Bjorn - who celebrated his 65th birthday this week - can watch him play.

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