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Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic Start With Easy First-Round Victories

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic Start With Easy First-Round Victories

A day after Angelique Kerber became the first No. 1 player to lose in the first round of the French Open in the Open Era, defending champion Garbine Muguruza avoided the upset bug when Nadal's compatriot defeated 2010 victor Francesca Schiavone 6-2 6-4.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic has enjoyed a straight-sets winning start under new coach Andre Agassi, cruising past Spain's Marcel Granollers in the first round.

Roberto Bautista, seeded 17th, also moved to the second round after beating Australian John Millman 6-2, 6-2, 0-6, 6-1.

After departing from his coaching staff, the Serb signed on with Andre Agassi.

The 36-year-old Schiavone, champion at Roland Garros in 2010, won the Bogota tournament and reached the final in Rabat, both on clay, this season.

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But Nadal, who saved three more break points on his next service game, broke back twice and went on to take the set.

But a poor service game at 5-6 in the second set completely changed the momentum, and Nadal came back to extend his record of wins at a single Grand Slam to nine, which still stands.

Tsitsipas, who will turn 19 in August, played for the first time in the main draw after coming through qualifying.

It is the fifth successive year that McHale has gone out in the first round at Roland Garros.

Trading baseline rallies, they exchanged breaks to leave Paire leading 4-3. Catch the live score and updates of the second day of the French Open 2017 live here.

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Muguruza's middling form this season saw her arrive in Paris with just three wins on clay, but the Spaniard dispatched former Paris champion Schiavone 6-2, 6-4.

Kvitova said: "I think it doesn't really matter how I played but I won".

Kvitova had not played in a tournament since she was stabbed during an attack at her home in the Czech Republic in December. Rafa, like Borg before him, has won the vast majority of his Roland Garros matches easily, regularly notching 6-0 sets.

Andy Murray, the top seed on the men's side, will play his first-round match on Tuesday. The last Rome Masters lost in the quarter-finals, but this year he was unbeaten in the Clay court. Nadal's motivation for the victory in the red fortress "La Desima". "It's great to feel the support", said the 14-time major champion.

A set into the 2014 French Open final, it looked like Djokovic was destined to pick up his first trophy at Roland Garros and with it the No. 1 ranking.

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