Djokovic, Nadal and Raonic register easy wins in first round
- Author: Julie Sanders May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 2:20
Djokovic, who completed a career Grand Slam in Paris a year ago but has been struggling with form and confidence since, was watched by new coach Andre Agassi as he begins his bid to become the first man in the Open era - and only the third in history - to win each of the Grand Slams twice. Muguruza also hasn't been at her best lately and arrived in Paris with just three wins on clay.
Visibly happy with his performance, he then mingled with ball boys at the center of the court and thanked the crowd. "I saw that there were similarities in the ways we think", said Djokovic. The conditions countered last year's first week - nippy, wet and generally unpleasant for all involved.
Djokovic is bidding for a 13th Grand Slam championship title and if he manages to retain his Roland Garros title this year, he would become the first man in the Open Era to win each of the four major championships on at least two occasions.
With Agassi making a fast exit from the stands at the conclusion of the match, Djokovic heaped praise on his new coach. But I will not change my wife.
Fans at Court Philippe Chatrier whistled and jeered when it was announced that play was being halted after the players had a lengthy discussion with a tournament official about whether to continue.
"It was really hard physically, but I found my best level on important points", Djokovic said.
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal took the first step toward a 10th title at Roland Garros with his 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Benoit Paire, running his record at the event to 73-2. "It's great to feel the support", said the 14-time major champion.
The nine-time victor was handed a hard opener against the unpredictable Frenchman but kept the talented world No. 45 at bay with a 6-1 6-4 6-1 victory.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic eased past their first round matches this afternoon.
Schiavone, the 2010 champion, showed her usual fighting spirit and saved three match points before sending a forehand volley wide.
The fourth-seeded Muguruza won 15 points in a row from being up 3-2 in the first set and broke her Italian opponent five times.
Paire has his fans, including 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka, who describes the Frenchman as a "very talented" player who "does a lot of things very well". "So for me, it was really unusual to get to feel what I felt the end of last season", Djokovic said, "because I always, even when I would face that before in my career, I felt that I would overcome it very quickly".