Tennis star Rafael Nadal began his quest for a 10th French Open title with a comfortable straight sets victory against home favourite Benoit Paire on Monday.
The nine-time winner was handed a difficult opener against the unpredictable Frenchman but kept the talented world No. 45 at bay with a 6-1 6-4 6-1 victory.
“Always at the start, I’m happy for the victory,” said Nadal after the hard-earned victory.
“It was not an easy opponent in the first round, obviously.
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“He’s an uncomfortable opponent that already had some good victories this year. I came on court with a lot of respect.”
To add to Nadal’s cruising at the French Open, two fellow seeds in his section of the draw, Gilles Simon and Jack Sock both crashed out in the first round.
However, elsewhere, world number two Novak Djokovic won his very first match under new coach Andre Agassi.
The defending champion, who split with his coaching team last month, beat Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-4 6-2 to advance to the second round.
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