Novak Djokovic wins first match with Andre Agassi as coach
- Author: Julie Sanders May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 3:12
Novak Djokovic described his display in a first-round win over Marcel Granollers as "rusty" and plans to make the most of the short time he has with Andre Agassi in order to raise his game 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.
Djokovic, who turned 30 last Monday, will now pick the brains of Agassi before taking on compatriot Janko Tipsarevic or Joao Sousa in round two.
Over on the other court, on at the same time, Nadal - chasing his tenth French Open title - fought off the resistance provided by Paire in the second set while producing solid court coverage to bag the win.
A storm was brewing at Roland Garros on Monday before the start of day two of the French Open as defending champion Garbine Muguruza prepared to face 2010 victor Francesca Schiavone in muggy conditions on Court Philippe Chatrier.
It was the flawless way to mark his 50th successive Grand Slam appearance but there is still work to do for the world number two whose form has dropped off since he completed the career Grand Slam in Paris 12 months ago.
The fourth seed won eight out of 18 break points, and was only contested in the second set, where he was broken twice by the Frenchman and trailed 1-3.
Kvitova's first match will be the first match of this year's tournament in Court Philippe Chatrier, the French Open's main stadium, against Julia Boserup of the United States.
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A third consecutive break followed with Djokovic seizing the initiative again and from that point onwards he never looked back to wrap up the first set.
"It was different for me being here this time because being defending champion gave me a lot of relief".
Agassi, who won the French Open in 1999 and retired from professional tennis in 2006, watched Djokovic's match from the player's box.
Nadal will kick off his campaign against local favorite Benoit Paire, and is likely to face fifth-seeded Milos Raonic in the quarter-final if everything goes well in his way.
Roberto Bautista, seeded 17th, also moved to the second round after beating Australian John Millman 6-2, 6-2, 0-6, 6-1.
Schiavone, the 2010 champion, showed her usual fighting spirit and saved three match points before going down when she sent a forehand volley wide. Granollers is a tricky player, he knows how to anticipate well on the court.
Muguruza defeated Serena Williams to win her maiden Grand Slam a year ago, but the 23-year-old needs to return to the final to stay in the world's top 10.
"I'm very happy to be back here after what happened previous year. She kind of enjoys out there", added the Spanish star, who will meet Anett Kontaveit of Estonia.