Djokovic in Winning Start to Title Defense, Life with Agassi

Laura Christensen
June 6, 2017

He added: "I tried to get back in it, but when I was missing so many shots I was missing, seemed like an inevitable loss for me". This is exactly what I need at this moment, a person like him [who] understands the transitions as a tennis player and as a person, as well, going through lifestyle and certain choices that you make, how that affects you later on.

"I'm very happy to be back here after what happened a year ago".

Thanassi Kokkinakis came short in his bid to win his first match at a major in two years.

The No. 25 seed won 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-3.

Kokkinakis's promising career has been derailed by a shoulder injury that required surgery in December 2015.

- Hsieh will next play American Taylor Townsend, who beat Japanese qualifier Miyu Kato 6-4 6-0.

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. She's fitter than most of the players.

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.

"He's an uncomfortable opponent that already he had some good victories this year".

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were barely troubled as the heavyweight duo came through their opening rounds at the French Open on Monday.

The 12th-seeded American held a 22-10 edge in winners, did not face any break points, and took advantage of Barty's seven double-faults.

Muguruza's middling form this season saw her arrive in Paris with just three wins on clay, but the Spaniard dispatched former Paris champion Schiavone 6-2, 6-4. The No. 3 seed kept up his momentum in Paris. I know how to do this really well. "Now I have to play well here". Margaret Court (not everyone's favourite Australian after an outburst against same-sex marriage last week) won 11 Australian titles straddling the transformation period but in the early days the tournament often did not attract the world's best players.

Muguruza, who stunned Serena Williams in last year's final, triumphed 6-2, 6-4 to set-up a second round clash with Anett Kontaveit of Estonia.

The 18th-seeded Kyrgios hit 20 aces on his way to the 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory.

Channelling the confidence built up during a 17-match winning streak in taking claycourt titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid, Nadal then pulled clear as Paire suffered a reaction to taking energy tablets.

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