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Djokovic makes winning start on Agassi’s watch

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.

Djokovic makes winning start on Agassi’s watch
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Serbia?s Novak Djokovic (right) with his new coach Andre Agassi

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The 12-times grand slam champion parted company with his entire coaching team earlier this month before inviting American great Agassi to work with him during the French Open. The 30-year-old Serbian, without a tour title since January, found little resistance from Granollers, grabbing two breaks early on in the first set as he chased the 77th ranked around the court. 

It was a similar story early in the second set with the world number two returning everything Granollers tried to throw at him as he went 4-1 up before a wobble saw him fail to convert eight set points at 5-3. 

Nadal brushes aside France’s Paire 

Rafael Nadal smoothly negotiated the potential stumbling block presented by Frenchman Benoit Paire on Monday, launching his bid for a 10th French Open trophy with a largely routine 6-1 6-4 6-1 win. The heavy favourite for the title looked in imperious form as he steamed through the first set in under half an hour. With Paire periodically clutching his stomach after a medical time out, the Spaniard took nine of the last 10 games to close out the match.

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