Published: Thu, June 01, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

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Djokovic, playing for the first time under new coach Andre Agassi, cruised past Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-5, 6-4, 6-2 on the clay.

Meanwhile, Canadian fifth seed Milos Raonic started his journey at the 2017 French Open with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Belgian Steve Darcis in an hour and a half, reports Efe.

While Djokovic, seeded second, went on to see off Granollers in straight sets, the 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 scoreline didn't say the whole story, with Granollers making it quite hard for Djokovic, particularly in the second set.

Marcel Granollers and Benoit Paire were unable to provide an early round upset as Djokovic and Nadal both secured straight-set wins respectively, but it was a bad day for Mischa Zverev, Jack Sock and home favourite Gilles Simon. Djokovic, however, recovered in time to put away his nerves, and his opponent for a passage into the next round.

Svitolina is coming off the Rome title two weeks ago and is an outside favorite in Paris, where she made it to the quarterfinals two years ago.

Down two sets and having had his serve broken to be 2-1 down in the third, Granollers was slugging it out with The Joker in a desperate baseline rally to keep the match alive.

Also on the women's side, 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki needed three sets, but ultimately prevailed over Jaimee Fourlis, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

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- Australia's Nick Kyrgios beat Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-3 in the first round.

After becoming No. 1 previous year, Andy Murray has been struggling in 2017, but he'll try to right himself starting in the French Open's first round against Andrey Kuznetsov on Tuesday.

Rafael Nadal (pic) will face big-serving Dutchman Robin Haase in the French Open today. "Everything he says is very useful and it definitely makes sense, so I'm trying to implement certain things on the court".

Muguruza was far too lively for Schiavone as she dismantled the 2010 Roland Garros champion - winning 6-2, 6-4.

Reigning women's champion Garbine Muguruza began her Roland Garros defense with a straight-sets triumph over 2010 victor Francesca Schiavone.

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.

Paire led 3-1 and had chances to move 5-3 ahead in a competitive second set but could not take them before Nadal upped his level and completed a confidence-boosting win against an increasingly deflated Paire. "She kind of enjoys out there", added the Spanish star, who will meet Anett Kontaveit of Estonia.

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