Pliskova through to 2nd round at French Open
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 23:24
Many fans had been looking forward to Djokovic's first outing under new coach Andre Agassi, and while the defending champion was far from ideal against Marcel Granollers, he still put the Spaniard away in three sets.
Djokovic split with his entire coaching staff earlier in the month after a string of poor results.
Dkokovic kept his cool to earn the second set and pounced on the Spaniards' accumulating mistakes in the third set to seal victory on his first match point.
Novak Djokovic's new coach Andre Agassi watched from the stands during the Serbian's first-round win over Marcel Granollers.
With Andre Agassi in his corner for the first time, the former world no. 1 sealed his win in two hours and 27 minutes as he attempts to play himself back into something resembling his best form after a turbulent start to 2017.
The heavy favourite for the title looked in imperious form as he steamed through the first set.
"Every time I play against Rafa the games are not so good", he said.
Paire, described prior to their encounter on Court Suzanne Lenglen as a risky opponent by Nadal, played with more freedom in a closer second set as the Spaniard lost his edge.
Since beating Andy Murray in last year's final, Djokovic has failed to add any more major titles to his collection. "He's waiting for me for a serious talk", joked the 30-year-old after seeing off Granollers for the fourth time.
Although Muguruza's first-strike tennis proved too much for the 36-year-old Italian as she beat her 6-2, 6-4, the Spaniard was full of admiration afterwards.
"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.
"I connected with him very quickly", the world no.2 told L'Equipe, via Sky Sports. "I feel at home because I have a great relationship with all the girls that are working here, with a lot of people that are running the event".
One of the best moments came in the third set, with Djokovic serving at 2-1 up.
Spare a thought for top men's doubles seed John Peers as he prepares to begin his tournament on Tuesday, the Australian - who will play with Henri Kontinen - still has not got his rackets with him.
Djokovic's comfortable 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win came one day after Angelique Kerber became the first No. 1-seeded female player to lose in the first round of the tournament during the Open era (since 1968).
Raonic took just 92 minutes to beat the 38th-ranked Darcis 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 - taking the final game to love.