Rafael Nadal Beats Benoit Paire to Advance at 2017 French Open

Kristina Mladenovic played through pain to hold off Jennifer Brady of the USA and reach the second round of the French Open.

Nadal was imperious as he steamed through the first set in under half an hour on Court Suzanne Lenglen, wrapping up the match 6-1 6-4 6-1 to improve his record at Roland Garros to 73-2.

But the Dane, making her 10th appearance at Roland Garros, showed her greater experience at key moments, winning both her breaks points in the opening set while the Australian converted just one out of five.

Title-holder Djokovic strolled through his opener against Marcel Granollers of Spain, advancing 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. "He's waiting for me for a serious talk", Djokovic joked after his victory, via Sky Sports.

It will also put him three overall slams behind Roger Federer, the other comeback kid, who is sitting out this clay court season.

Provided the seedings work out he will meet Lucas Pouille in the fourth round, Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals and Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.

Djokovic won 30 of 46 second serve points and won 52 percent of his return points in total.

Kyrgios argued with the umpire in the second set when a key call went against him when he had a break point for 5-4, but he regained his focus to take the tiebreaker with an ace, on his third set point.




American 25th-seed Steve Johnson was pushed all the way by Yuichi Sugita of Japan before he prevailed 6-3 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-7 (3-7) 6-3, in a match that started on Sunday.

Despite the defeat, Fourlis walked off to a standing ovation.

- Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka, the men's third seed, beat Jozef Kovalik of Slovakia 6-2 7-6 (6) 6-3.

Raonic took just 92 minutes to beat Belgian Darcis 6-3 6-4 6-2 - taking the final game to love.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are in the second round of the French Open 2017.

Muguruza and Schiavone are two of the three former champions in the draw along with Svetlana Kuznetsova. 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.

In the women's section, Garbine Muguruza downed 2010 victor Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 6-4 in her first round tie. I won't start to play serve and volley or something like that. But she remains a hard customer on clay and booked her place in the draw here with a title in Bogota last month.

Alexander Zverev recently won his first ever ATP Masters 1000 tite at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia with a straight sets win over Novak Djokovic - the young German's second clay title of the year.

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