Muguruza's match stopped at French Open

Djokovic celebrated his victory by waving along with several ball boys at the centre of the Philippe-Chatrier Court.

After losing her opening matches in Madrid and Rome in recent weeks, Safarova lost to Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay 6-1, 6-4.

Pauline Parmentier opens against Irina Khromacheva and is yet to win a main draw match on clay in 2017.

However, he couldn't convert, and after Nadal held his nerve, he went on to break Paire to love in the next game to give him the impetus he needed to wrap up the second set.

Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova is safely through to the second round of the French Open after a straight sets victory over Zheng Saisai of China.

Granollers, who is ranked 33rd in the world, put up a valiant fight.

Rafael Nadal says it doesn't get any easier dealing with nerves at the French Open.

The Spaniard, whose last Grand Slam triumph came at Roland Garros in 2014, improved his incredible French Open record to 73 wins and just two losses.

"Even, before when I was No. 1 and playing very successfully, winning trophies and in the latest period where I was not as successful and where I received a lot of criticism from many sides, Andre was one of the few people that was actually standing on my side and supporting me", said the 30-year-old Djokovic on Friday.

After racing through the first set, things became a little sticky for Nadal in the second against his unpredictable French opponent.

Paire jumped into a 3-1 lead, with the Frenchman's pressure on the Nadal serve giving him a chance to take this match to, at least four sets.

The defending champion eased into the second round at Roland Garros with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Spain's Marcel Granollers.

With new coach Andre Agassi watching from the stands, the second-seeded Serb dispatched clay-court specialist Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the second round of the clay-court major on Monday.

Djokovic is bidding to become the first man in the Open era - and only the third in history - to win each of the Grand Slams twice. He had two break points in the following game that he failed to covert, the moment at which he indicated the momentum shifted.

It was 2-1 Djokovic after breaks in the first three games of the third and there was a high five between the two after a cat-and-mouse rally which Granollers won with a sublime around-the-net shot at full stretch in another lengthy fourth game which was won by the favourite. We had organised a family trip during Roland Garros anyway which was planned for a long time.

  • Julie Sanders