Novak Djokovic began life under Andre Agassi in a victorious manner, but failed to look entirely convincing in defeating Spain’s Marcel Granollers.
It’s the first win for the Serb under the American, as the reigning French Open champion parted with his long-serving coaching staff, last month. With the world No. 2 experiencing an indifferent year, he continued to look out of sorts – making 29 unforced errors.
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The Serb managed to get through the match in straight sets, but it still took two hours and 27 minutes to emerge victorious. His coach Agassi will only be in Paris until the end of the week as the American has other engagements to attend.
“I’m going to try to use the time spent with him as best as I can, as best as we can… So far plenty of information, plenty of things to kind of process.”
In what is a very new coach and player relationship following Novak’s split with Boris Becker, the Serbian is well known for enjoying a supportive team around him; new coach Agassi’s absence could therefore have an effect in the new partnership.
Elsewhere, Rafa Nadal emerged victorious in straight sets against Frenchman, Benoit Paire. The fourth seed managed to brush the 45th seed 6-1, 6-4, 6-1, in what could have been a potential banana skin of a tie for a player with home advantage.
The remarkable comeback of Petra Kvitova continued, as she defeated Julia Boserup 6-3, 6-2.
It other news at Roland-Garros, the men’s No.1 ranked player, Andy Murray begins his French Open campaign this Tuesday. The Briton will hope for a more successful start than the women’s No. 1 player, Angelique Kerber, who historically became the first No.1 player to lose in the opening round of the French Open.