With Agassi seated in the stands, generally expressionless during the match and silent afterward, the No. 2-seeded Djokovic was not always at his clean-swinging best while beating Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Monday to begin the defense of the title that allowed him to complete a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros a year ago.
Once he held to go 5-4 up, Nadal resumed full control, only losing one more game as he cantered towards the finish line. Everything he says, it's very useful for me. "Not only that but Francesca is a legend and I was very excited to play on Philippe Chatrier court with her", said Muguruza, referring to the fact that Schiavone, now 36, had won the tournament in 2010.
Next up for the reigning champion is Joao Sousa after he came from a set down to beat Janko Tipsarevic on Court 18. That also made 20-year-old Zverev the youngest player since Djokovic to win a title at that level. "It was not the best thing obviously but I promise you I will come back and will fight until the end".
"I need to take a different approach in terms of energy management".
- The match was halted on Monday due to poor light and rain and play resumed on Tuesday with the scores tied at a set apiece.
Nadal was imperious as he steamed through the first set in under half an hour on Court Suzanne Lenglen, wrapping up the match 6-1 6-4 6-1 to improve his record at Roland Garros to 73-2.
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Nadal dominated the opening set, then recovered from a slight second-set wobble when he dropped serve twice in a row to surge into a round two meeting with Dutchman Robin Haase.
Since then, though, the highlight for Djokovic was a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open.
Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina hit a crosscourt forehand victor on match point to win the first match on Court Suzanne Lenglen and seal her spot in the second round of the French Open.
Women's 1st rd: Samantha Stosur (Aus) bt Kristina Kucova (Svk) 7-5 6-1, Zhang Shuai (Chn) bt Donna Vekic (Cro) 7-5 6-4, Caroline Wozniacki (Den) bt Jaimee Fourlis (Aus) 6-4 3-6 6-2, Karolina Pliskova (Cze) bt Zheng Saisai (Chn) 7-5 6-2.
Garbine Muguruza, who pipped Serena Williams to the title previous year, faced first-round competition from Italian ace Francesca Schiavone, who according to rumours is set to retire at the end of the 2017 season. Stay tuned to see how the action unfolds at the 2017 French Open.