Djokovic makes winning French Open start on Agassi's watch


He was tested - playing almost two-and-a-half hours - but also went through in straight sets on a hot, blustery day in southwest Paris. He said: "My mum and sister and my fiancee are here, so it makes it easier and harder all at the same time to see them".

"It was different for me being here this time because being defending champion gave me a lot of relief". "I learned that if you want something you've got to really go for it, try to put the nerves aside".

"Even though sometimes the top athletes are regarded as ideal people, flawless people, it's not like that".

"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. He surrendered his No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray, admitting to a loss of motivation and "private" issues that he hasn't elaborated on.

Agassi, who started working with Djokovic five days ago after the Serb sacked his coaching team, will be at Roland Garros only until the end of this week.

"Since the beginning of the season I am happy the way that I played".

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History beckons for Nadal in Paris as he looks to become the first player to win a single grand slam on 10 occasions, and his quest was never going to be halted by Paire.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic eased past their first round matches this afternoon.

The French Open 2017 gets stuck in with seeded players all kicking off their first-round matches.

Sloppy mistakes blighted the Serbian's first game under the tutelage of Andre Agassi, Djokovic racking up 29 unforced errors while only converting eight of his 20 break chances.

If the Spaniard can build on his encouraging start - a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 win against the French world No45, Benoît Paire, on Court Suzanne Lenglen in one hour 52 minutes - he is headed for a semi-final collision with Djokovic.

Paris: Claycourt phenomenon Rafael Nadal returns to his favourite tournament, albeit not his preferred court, to begin pursuit of a record-extending 10th French Open title on Monday against Frenchman Benoit Paire.

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Paire owns a world-class backhand - not to mention racket throw - but consistency isn't a strength. Fourlis, 17, lost the first set but controlled the second set en route to a 4-1 lead against Wozniacki-the No. 11 seed.

One step closer to a 10th Roland Garros.

"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".

Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams, two of the biggest attractions in the women's draw will be missing.

9-7 - The deciding set score in the gruelling, three-hour match between Kristina Mladenovic and Jennifer Brady that the Frenchwoman won 3-6, 6-3, 9-7.

Leave it to the No. 4-seeded Nadal to win relatively simply and then lament a portion of his performance.

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