Novak Djokovic makes winning start with new coach Andre Agassi

Novak Djokovic makes winning start with new coach Andre Agassi

Muguruza raced to a 3-0 lead in the opening set and just when Schiavone was starting to work around her opponent's power as she reduced the arrears to 3-2, the match was interrupted for 10 minutes as a spectator was attended to by first-aiders.

In his search for an unprecedented 10th title at Roland Garros, the fourth-seeded Nadal began with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 victory over France's Benoit Paire.

They have similar playing styles, are both students of the game, and Agassi knows about finding a second gear late in a career.Is 20 years old too young to win a Grand Slam?

Rafael Nadal began his quest for tenth French Open title in resounding fashion. "The rest of the things I am happy with".

Having been blown away in the first, Paire chose to come out all guns blazing in the second, ripping those backhands of his, playing some intelligent drop shots and coming into the net, and that plan worked.

- Gasquet, who reached the quarter-finals past year, hit 46 winners on his way to a comfortable victory and will face either Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili or Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic in the second round.

So far, so good in the Novak Djokovic-Andre Agassi partnership.




Djokovic in his post-match conference was asked about Agassi at length, prompting him to ask whether he should bring his coach in to the press room next time.

"Coming to this tournament for first time as a defending champion gave me, probably more than anything else, relief, because the anticipation and the pressure and expectations that I had also for myself but all the other people around me in the last three, four, five years before 2016 Roland Garros trophy was really big", added Djokovic.

- Defending champion Novak Djokovic beat Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-4 6-2.

"I got two balls, one when I missed my return, and then if it was 5-3 I thought I could finish the set and perhaps I could kind of liberate myself", Nadal said. The heavy favourite for the title looked in imperious form as he steamed through the first set. I'm going to try to use the time spent with him as best as we can.

Finally the Spaniard was able to apply pressure and at the third time of asking he wrapped up a memorable win. "It was not the best thing obviously but I promise you I will come back and will fight until the end". "I have to play well to earn that confidence again", she said.

- Nadal has a remarkable record at Roland Garros and his defeat of Paire marked his 73rd win at the French Open. Pliskova, who is the highest-ranked player at Roland Garros after world No. 1 Angelique Kerber lost on Sunday, triumphed 7-5, 6-2.

Fifth seed Milos Raonic was a convincing 6-3 6-4 6-2 victor over Steve Darcis while Marin Cilic and David Goffin, who will both have high hopes for this tournament, also came through in straight sets. In the deciding set, Fourlis saved two of three match points but Wozniacki ultimately came out on top.

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