Djokovic and Nadal make winning starts at Roland Garros

Defending champion Novak Djokovic made a winning French Open start under new coach Andre Agassi, cruising past Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-4 6-2 in the first round.

Under a hot sun, Djokovic was in a joyful mood on the showcase Philippe Chatrier court. Jelena Jankovic's 54th consecutive Grand Slam maiden draw appearance was a fleeting one as the three-time French Open semi-finalist was consigned to another first-round exit by Dutch qualifier Richel Hogenkamp.

Next up for the reigning champion is Joao Sousa after he came from a set down to beat Janko Tipsarevic on Court 18.

Rafael Nadal launched his quest for a record 10th French Open title with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 win over Frenchman Benoit Paire yesterday.

Verdasco went off to a 6-4 lead in set 1, with Zverev leveling at 6-3 in set 2 before darkness and rain suspended play.

"It's always at the start, happy for the victory".

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"I can not believe in the first round we have two ex-champions", she said afterwards. During the second I suffered a little bit bad point.

Defending women's champion Garbine Muguruza and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki won in straight sets, but two seeded American women joined Sock on the way out: No. 19 CoCo Vandeweghe and No. 25 Lauren Davis.

Nadal's opponent in the second round will be Robin Haase of the Netherlands, who defeated Australian Alex De Minaur 6-2, 6-3, 6-1.

"I pulled my back yesterday and specialists were saying I needed 48 hours, I was nearly sure I could not take it to court today", said Mladenovic, who burst into tears after a two-hour-59-minute tussle.

Meanwhile, reigning women's champion Garbine Muguruza put aside her middling for this season to begin her Roland Garros defence with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over 2010 victor Francesca Schiavone.

Muguruza's victory was an emphatic one and the manner in which she overcame a former champion was impressive however her performance certainly was not flawless. - 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone (who lost to Muguruza), describing her relationship with tennis.

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"She has been on the Tour for such a long time". She looked slightly better when back on court but still appeared to be moving slowly.

He said he thinks he will need to reassess his schedule, maybe finding space for more time off by playing fewer tournaments. "She kind of enjoys out there", added the Spanish star, who will meet Anett Kontaveit of Estonia.

Canadian fifth seed Milos Raonic raced through with a routine 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Steve Darcis of Belgium.

Roberto Bautista, seeded 17th, also moved to the second round after beating Australian John Millman 6-2, 6-2, 0-6, 6-1.

After last year's breakthrough to the No. 1 ranking, Andy Murray has been struggling in 2017, but he'll try to right himself starting in the French Open's first round against Andrey Kuznetsov.

On Monday, he got his tournament off to an nearly ideal start, rapidly dispatching the experienced clay-courter Paire 6-1 6-4 6-1 in front of his fawning French crowd.

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- Goffin, who reached the quarter-finals a year ago, struck 12 aces en route to his comfortable win and will play Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round.

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