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Rafael Nadal's early performance at the French Open, other top seed updates

11 Juin 2017

Defending champion Novak Djokovic enjoyed a winning French Open start under new coach Andre Agassi on Monday, cruising past Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the first round.

The Serbian is bidding to become the first man to have won each of the four Grand Slams at least twice in the Open Era.

- Wawrinka, the 2015 champion, will face Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in the second round.

Fourth seed Rafael Nadal responded to his billing by French Open tournament director Guy Forget as the greatest clay courter in history by brushing aside Benoit Paire 6-1 6-4 6-1 yesterday, launching his bid for a 10th title at the Roland Garros.

Some expected the Frenchman to provide a tough test but Nadal was in no mood to make an early departure, leaving Paire as one of six home hopes to bow out.

"I'm happy for the victory".

"For me", he said, "it's important to serve a little bit better than what I did today".

"I pulled my back yesterday and specialists were saying I needed 48 hours, I was nearly sure I could not take it to court today", said Mladenovic, who burst into tears after a two-hour-59-minute tussle.

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Trailing 0-40 on his serve in the final game, Djokovic won the next five points and sealed the match with a service victor.

Mischa Zverev was beaten by world number 187 Stefano Napolitano, while his brother Alexander saw bad light bring an early end to his match with Fernando Verdasco - much to the ire of the fans on Court Philippe Chatrier - with the pair tied at one set all.

Nadal's opponent in the second round will be Robin Haase of the Netherlands, who defeated Australian Alex De Minaur 6-2, 6-3, 6-1. "I feel like my grand slam results have been pretty good". EPA/CAROLINE BLUMBERGA spectator watches Dusan Lajovic of Serbia playing against Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil during their men's 1st round single match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 28 May 2017.

In the end it wasn't the most sublime we've seen Djokovic on the terre battue, but the effort was certainly something to build on.

"She has been in the tour for such a long time. I think she loves it".

Djokovic beat Andy Murray in the final a year ago to win his first ever French Open title and picked up €2 million (£1.73m) in prize money in the process.

Roberto Bautista, seeded 17th, also moved to the second round after beating Australian John Millman 6-2, 6-2, 0-6, 6-1. Pliskova, who is the highest-ranked player at Roland Garros after world No. 1 Angelique Kerber lost on Sunday, triumphed 7-5, 6-2.

But Mladenovic looked in massive trouble against Jennifer Brady, eventually fending off back pain en route to a 3-6, 6-3, 9-7 victory over the American.

Rafael Nadal's early performance at the French Open, other top seed updates