Djokovic, Nadal kick start French Open with a bang

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World number two and defending champion Novak Djokovic kicked off his French Open campaign on a positive note as he thrashed Marcel Granollers of Spain in straight sets in opening round of the men's singles event here on Monday.

The Serbian maestro, who was playing his first match under new coach Andre Agassi, took two hours and 27 minutes to register a comfortable 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Granollers.

Djokovic is bidding for a 13th Grand Slam championship title and if he manages to retain his Roland Garros title this year, he would become the first man in the Open Era to win each of the four major championships on at least two occasions.

Djokovic will now face either compatriot Janko Tipsarevic or Portugal's Joao Sousa in the second round.

Meanwhile, fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal also opened his campaign with an easy 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 win over France's Benoit Paire in a one-sided clash.

The Spaniard , who is bidding for a 10th French Open title, will take on Netherlands' Robin Haase for a place in the third round. (ANI)
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