Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

French Open 2017: Day 2 - what you missed - Rafa, Djokovic through

French Open 2017: Day 2 - what you missed - Rafa, Djokovic through

Nine-time title victor Rafael Nadal got off to a start here, as did World No. 2 Novak Djokovic - while the defending women's champion Garbine Muguruza did as well.

Though it's only been one match, when he beat Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-4 6-2 in the first round of the French Open, the Serb ensured a solid start to the high-profile collaboration.

Spaniard Nadal, bidding for a 10th French Open title, is now playing Benoit Paire.

"It's incredible to have Agassi in my team, every day is special with him, everyday I'm learning something new", said Djokovic, who split with long-time coach Marian Vajda at the start of the month.

Djokovic, who lost his No. 1 ranking to Murray previous year, has hired Agassi as part of his bid to win Roland-Garros and become the first man in the Open era to win each of the four majors twice.

The heavy favourite for the title looked in imperious form as he steamed through the first set in under half an hour, on his way to a 6-1 6-4 6-1 victory.

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- Italian Open champion Svitolina, who reached the quarter-finals of the French Open in 2015, will face Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round. "I know how to do this really", Nadal said.

The American was in the world No. 2's box for the first time and while Djokovic was largely always in control, Granollers fashioned several breaks of serve throughout the match to make life hard for the 2016 champion.

In a completely dominant performance, Nadal broke the Frenchman eight times to surge into a round two meeting with Dutchman Robin Haase. This is exactly what I need at this moment, a person like him [who] understands the transitions as a tennis player and as a person, as well, going through lifestyle and certain choices that you make, how that affects you later on. The 10th-seeded Goffin won 6-2, 6-2, 6-2, sealing the match with an ace. "The rest of the things I am happy with".

Novak Djokovic says the decision to begin working with Agassi came after he realised something had to change if he was to maintain a level of success throughout his career.

The Spanish former World No. 2, who has had a poor clay season, had a quick first set before Schiavone went all guns blazing in the middle of set 2. 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.

Another early round victor is defending champion Novak Djokovic.

"He has been through all these transitions, he has been in my shoes before playing Grand Slams, being the best in the world, and facing all the challenges that are present in tennis, in professional sport".

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