Comfortable wins for Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal at French Open

Sunday, 04 Jun, 2017

There was no hiccup on court Suzanne Lenglen for Rafael Nadal, who started his bid to win a 10th title at Roland Garros with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Benoit Paire.

The Serbian tennis star wins their meeting in straight sets, taking the match 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

- Pironkova, who reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros a year ago, beat German Mona Barthel 6-0 6-4.

The men's singles second seed Djokovic of Serbia recorded a convincing 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Spanish Marcel Granollers in two hours and 27 minutes in front of his new coach Andre Agassi, an eight-time Grand Slam singles victor, reports Xinhua news agency.

But that would be the last memory for the Spaniard who dropped serve once more to confirm Djokovic's place in the second round.

His next opponent will be Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin, who in the first round beat American Tennys Sandgren, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. "At a set and 4-1 up, I just played a couple of sloppish games".

"I think I played very good in the first set".

Despite the ideal start the American legend revealed he definitely won't be around if the Serb successfully defends his title.

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Dkokovic kept his cool to earn the second set and pounced on the Spaniards' accumulating mistakes in the third set to seal victory on his first match point.

Australian Nick Kyrgios shrugged off injury concerns and kept his emotions in check to outclass Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 on Tuesday and book his spot in the second round of the French Open.

The heavy favourite for the Roland Garros title looked in imperious form as he steamed through the first set in under half an hour. Raonic fired 15 aces and 44 winners to book a meeting with Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Silva, who saved two match points before overcoming Mikhail Youzhny of Russian Federation in five sets. "He's waiting for me for a serious talk", joked the 30-year-old.

American 25th-seed Steve Johnson was pushed all the way by Yuichi Sugita of Japan before he prevailed 6-3 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-7 (3-7) 6-3.

Other Top 10-seeded players into the second round on Monday were No. 5 Milos Raonic who defeated Belgian Steve Darcis 6-3, 6-4, 6-2; No. 7 Marin Cilic who dismissed Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 6-3, 6-3; and No. 10 David Goffin who had little trouble with Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.

Defending champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain is through to the second round at the French Open with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Italian Francesca Schiavone.

For her, the 2010 champion and 2011 runner-up Schiavone had many unbelievable moments. Playing almost two-and-a-half hours, he was tested but also went through in straight sets on a hot, blustery day in southwest Paris.

The two-time Wimbledon champion was injured when a burglar stuck a knife through her playing hand late previous year.