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Djokovic and Nadal win first up at Roland Garros

Djokovic and Nadal win first up at Roland Garros

However, it wasn't enough to save him with Djokovic going on to close out the match 6-3 6-4 6-2 in his first victory under new coach Andre Agassi.

"Last year, I won here for the first time, it was really a special moment for me on the court, an important moment of my career, I'll never forget this feeling", Djokovic said after improving to 13-0 in opening matches at the French Open.

With recently hired coach Andre Agassi calmly sitting in his player's box, Djokovic had to scramble in spells against Granollers, but the Serb was able to routinely have success against the World No.76's second serve and he parlayed that into eight break points converted out of 20 break points earned.

Relegated to Court Suzanne Lenglen while defending champion Novak Djokovic was swatting aside Spain's Marcel Granollers on the main Philippe Chatrier showcourt, Nadal was imperious as he steamed through the first set in under half an hour.

At one point there was a chance to catch up with old rival Boris Becker, the man he replaced as Djokovic's coach, that partnership producing six Grand Slam titles.

Nadal saw off Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-1 6-4 6-1 with little trouble.




If Novak Djokovic was hoping to take a little pressure and attention off himself after some rough results, he might very well have found the flawless way to do that by adding Andre Agassi as a coaching consultant of sorts for the French Open. "That's the only thing that wasn't great for me".

Next up for Djokovic is a clash with Portugal's Joao Sousa who beat Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2, 6-2. "I will try to learn as much as I can from him", said Djokovic. The fourth seed is to meet Estonia's Anett Kontaveit for a place in round 3.

Denmark's 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki was another victor after being pushed hard by 17-year-old Australian Jaimee Fourlis. Then he came to Roland Garros and endured a first-round exit at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament for the first time, losing as the No. 14 seed to Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 on Monday.

"Every time I play against Rafa the games are not so good", he said.

"During the second set, I was careful to hit at his forehand, but then my forehand crosscourt is my best shot, and I realised that I could use this type of shot, as well". I hope, "til the end of this week".

Canadian fifth seed Milos Raonic raced through with a routine 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Steve Darcis of Belgium.


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