Easy French Open wins for Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic

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In other men's first-round results, fifth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada swept past Steve Darcis of Belgium 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in 92 minutes.

He'll no doubt be exchanging high fives - at the least - with Agassi if he repeats at Roland Garros and becomes the first man in the Open Era to win each of the majors twice. But it would also importantly mean something else: La Decima.

"She has been in the tour for such a long time".

Novak Djokovic made a winning start to his partnership with Andre Agassi and is keen to soak up as much knowledge as he can before the American heads back home. That also made 20-year-old Zverev the youngest player since Djokovic to win a title at that level. With his 31st birthday fast approaching and struggling to maintain fitness, the end appeared to be in sight.

Encouraged by the absence of Roger Federer and Andy Murray's questionable form, Nadal is hoping to win his 10 French Open title and cruised into the second round with a 6-1 6-4 6-1 win over the Frenchman.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during his first round match against France's Benoit Paire. He began to take risks, attacking Nadal's serve early and broke to lead 3-1.

Granollers did frustrate the Serb in their fourth lifetime meeting when he saved eight set points while serving at 3-5 in the second set, but Djokovic held to take the second set in the ensuing game and quickly moved ahead by a double-break in the third set.

Paire played with more freedom in a closer second set as the Spaniard lost his edge.

"At the start, I always feel happy about the victory". "I need to be very focused on the serve in my next match [against Robin Haase] because returning can be tough and I will need to play very solid to win".

It's rare that someone gets the better of Novak Djokovic on a tennis court, let alone make him smile, but Marcel Granollers managed to do just that in his first round loss at the French Open. A back injury troubled the 13th seed but she rallied to defeat American Jennifer Brady 3-6 6-3 9-7 in three hours.

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If things go according to plan Nadal and Djokovic will meet in the semi final.

He was courtside yesterday as Djokovic opened his campaign with an emphatic 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Marcel Granollers and will be on hand for a maximum of just two more matches of the champion's title defence. However, Djokovic revealed after the match that if he was to win his second French Open, he would ultimately have to do it by himself. "But what I was very impressed about was his honesty and transparency and willingness to share his life's experience that one human being goes through. But then he has to leave because he has some things that he can not reschedule", Djokovic said.

"If I feel fresh and energized and excited to play for a week", he said, "that's when I do my best". So far, plenty of information, plenty of things to kind of process.”.

"Pretty huge disappointment, especially on a surface I really enjoy playing".

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