Breezy wins for Novak Djokovic , Rafael Nadal
Defending champion Novak Djokovic enjoyed a winning French Open start under new coach Andre Agassi on Monday, cruising past Spain\'s Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the first round.Rafael Nadal smoothly negotiated the potential stumbling block presented by Frenchman Benoit Paire on Monday, launching his bid for a 10th French Open trophy with a largely routine 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 win.
Paris: Defending champion Novak Djokovic enjoyed a winning French Open start under new coach Andre Agassi on Monday, cruising past Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the first round.Rafael Nadal smoothly negotiated the potential stumbling block presented by Frenchman Benoit Paire on Monday, launching his bid for a 10th French Open trophy with a largely routine 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 win.
The 30-year-old Djokovic, without a tour title since January, found little resistance from Granollers, grabbing two breaks early on in the first set as he chased the 77th-ranked Spaniard around the court.The Serbian kept his cool to earn the second set and pounced on the Spaniard's accumulating mistakes in the third set to seal victory on his first match point.
Paire, described prior to their encounter on Court Suzanne Lenglen as a dangerous opponent by Nadal, played with more freedom in a closer second set as the Spaniard lost his edge. Trading baseline rallies, they exchanged breaks to leave the Frenchman leading 4-3.
But Nadal then pulled clear and, with Paire periodically clutching his stomach after a medical time out, the Spaniard took nine of the last 10 games to close out the match in just under two hours.Meanwhile, big-hitting Australian teenager Jaimee Fourlis served up a major scare for Caroline Wozniacki making light of the 300-plus ranking places separating them to push the 11th seeded Dane to three sets.
Wozniacki, who appeared to be carrying the after-effects of a lower back injury that forced her to retire during last week's Strasbourg tournament, pulled away towards the end of a testy encounter, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in just over two hours.
Wildcard Fourlis, aged 17 and at 337 the lowest-ranked player in the main draw, was the stronger for much of the first two sets, keeping Wozniacki pinned at the back of the court with blistering drives off both wings.
Returning to the stage of her greatest triumph inspired defending champion Garbine Muguruza to down 2010 winner Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of the French Open on Monday.The fourth seed, who was woefully out of form in the run-up to Roland Garros, never looked in danger of joining Russian Anastasia Myskina as the only reigning women's champion to lose in the opening round of the claycourt major.
The Spaniard easily outclassed the skilful Italian with her poise and power in muggy conditions Fifth-seeded Milos Raonic beat Steve Darcis 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to book a second round spot.Canadian Raonic has made it to the quarter-finals in one of his five previous appearances in the competition.Frenchman Gilles Simon was beaten by Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 in the first round.Basilashvili will face Serbia's Viktor Troicki in the second round.