Comfortable wins for Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal at French Open
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 2:54
Should he achieve his dream of a "decima" the 30-year-old would become the first man to win 10 titles at any single grand slam event.
Djokovic will now face either compatriot Janko Tipsarevic or Portugal's Joao Sousa in the second round.
Rafa Nadal began his charge towards a 10th French Open title by brushing aside Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-1 6-4 6-1 to set up a second-round clash with Dutchman Robin Haase.
Spent from the extra effort he had put into the second set, Paire again lost 6-1 in the third, with Nadal vociferously applauded from the court.
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"I just played very bad games on my serve", he admitted after his 6-3 6-4 6-2 win.
There was more Spanish success as nine-time victor Rafael Nadal began well in his quest for a first major title since his last French Open victory in 2014.
Back on the court where he completed his career Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic showed no sign of the crisis of confidence that has affected his game since winning the French Open previous year.
Seeded winners in the women's first round: No. 2 Karolina Pliskova, No. 4 Garbine Muguruza, No. 11 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 13 Kristina Mladenovic, No. 14 Elena Vesnina, No. 16 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, No. 18 Kiki Bertens, No. 23 Sam Stosur, No. 27 Yulia Putintseva, No. 29 Ana Konjuh, No. 32 Zhang Shuai.
With Granollers' mistakes accumulating, Djokovic needed just one match point to close out the match.
"If I feel fresh and energized and excited to play for a week", he said, "that's when I do my best".
"I enjoyed it very much", said Wawrinka, who won at Roland Garros in 2015.
For a long while, it looked as though the opportunity to win for a tenth time in Paris had passed Nadal by. Paire led 3-1 and had chances to move 5-3 ahead but could not take them.
The French Open 2017 gets stuck in with seeded players all kicking off their first-round matches.
He said he had come away "impressed" after reading Agassi's controversial autobiography, 'Open, ' in which the American revealed he failed a drug test for crystal meth - then lied to the ATP about how it got into his system - never liked tennis growing up and discussed his failed marriage to actress Brooke Shields.
Prior to the tournament, Rafael Nadal said he considers Paris his second home due to the past success at Roland Garros.