Novak Djokovic wins opening match at French Open

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"Then he has to leave, because he has already scheduled some things that he can not reschedule", said Djokovic after claiming a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Spain's Marcel Granollers.

Dkokovic kept his cool to earn the second set and pounced on the Spaniards' accumulating mistakes in the third set to seal victory on his first match point.

The two-time Wimbledon champion was injured when a burglar stuck a knife through her playing hand late a year ago. "It's great to feel the support", said the 14-time major victor.

It's rare that someone gets the better of Novak Djokovic on a tennis court, let alone make him smile, but Marcel Granollers managed to do just that in his first round loss at the French Open.

Novak Djokovic's new chapter under the guidance of Andre Agassi got off to a winning start at the French Open yesterday.

Agassi, who started working with Djokovic five days ago after the Serb sacked his coaching team, will be at Roland Garros only until the end of this week.

Fifth seed Milos Raonic was a convincing 6-3 6-4 6-2 victor over Steve Darcis while Marin Cilic and David Goffin, who will both have high hopes for this tournament, also came through in straight sets. He was tested - playing almost two-and-a-half hours - but also went through in straight sets on a hot, blustery day in southwest Paris.

Women's singles title-holder Muguruza of Spain overcame Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 6-4. "I felt like I need to explore new things". "I'm patient. For us this is a great way to start off our collaboration and friendship and to get to know each other and then see where it takes us".

The 10th-seeded Goffin won 6-2, 6-2, 6-2, sealing the match with an ace.

"I enjoyed it very much", said Wawrinka, who won at Roland Garros in 2015.

Under a hot sun, Djokovic was in a joyful mood on the showcase Philippe Chatrier court.

Youth came out trumps over experience when 23-year-old Garbine Muguruza beat 36-year-old Francesca Schiavone in first round action at Roland Garros on Monday.

But local favourite Gilles Simon, the 31st seed, crashed out after losing 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 to Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili.

"I was able to break relatively early in all three sets and just sort of go about my business throughout the whole match", Raonic said.

Raonic fired 15 aces and 44 winners to book a meeting with Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Silva, who saved two match points before overcoming Mikhail Youzhny of Russian Federation in five sets.

Muguruza, who claimed the women's title previous year by upsetting Serena Williams in the final, plays first on Court Philippe Chatrier.

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