Just one week for Djokovic and Agassi
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 2:34
"Everything he says is very useful and it definitely makes sense, so I'm trying to implement certain things on the court". "I'm patient. For us this is a great way to start off our collaboration and friendship and to get to know each other and then see where it takes us".
The Novak Djokovic-Andre Agassi partnership is showing it's quality.
But there is still work to do for the 30-year-old whose form has dropped off since he completed the career Grand Slam in Paris 12 months ago.
Agassi, the 1999 Roland Garros champion and eight-time major victor, had only committed to just a "few matches" with the world number two.
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.
Nadal, who was forced to withdraw before last year's third round with a wrist injury, brushed aside 45th-ranked Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 inside two hours.
"He's an uncomfortable opponent that already he had some good victories this year".
It was a similar story early in the second set with the world number two returning everything Granollers tried to throw at him, as he went 4-1 up before a wobble saw him fail to convert eight set points at 5-3.
Denmark's 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki was another victor after being pushed hard by 17-year-old Australian Jaimee Fourlis.
"The rest of the things I am happy with. I will try to learn as much as I can from him", said Djokovic. Nadal will now face Robin Haase in the second round after he beat Alex De Minaur on Sunday.
The Serb, seeking to become the first man in the Open era to win all four majors on at least two occasions, will take on Portugal's Joao Sousa next. Margaret Court (not everyone's favourite Australian after an outburst against same-sex marriage last week) won 11 Australian titles straddling the transformation period but in the early days the tournament often did not attract the world's best players.
- Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka, the men's third seed, beat Jozef Kovalik of Slovakia 6-2 7-6 (6) 6-3.
The 14th-seeded American recorded his worse result ever at the clay-court grand slam, losing 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 in the first round to Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.
Jack Sock of the US returns the ball to Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Monday, May 29, 2017 in Paris.