Rafael Nadal notches emphatic first round victory at the French Open

Defending champion Novak Djokovic has enjoyed a straight-sets winning start under new coach Andre Agassi, cruising past Spain's Marcel Granollers in the first round.

"It was a bit of a rusty start", said Djokovic, who while winning in straights needed eight set points to close out the first with new coach Andre Agassi looking on.

Djokovic, who lost his No. 1 ranking to Murray previous year, has hired Agassi as part of his bid to win Roland-Garros and become the first man in the Open era to win each of the four majors twice. He will next face Joao Sousa of Portugal in the second round.

Rafael Nadal has smoothly negotiated the potential stumbling block presented by Frenchman Benoit Paire on Monday, launching his bid for an unprecedented 10th French Open trophy with a largely routine win.

Later, Agassi - who counts the 1999 French Open among his eight Grand Slam titles - declined to take questions from a reporter.

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One thing Sock is certain about: "I will not", he said, "be in Mallorca next year".

Muguruza defeated Serena Williams to win her maiden Grand Slam a year ago, but the 23-year-old needs to return to the final to stay in the world's top 10.

"I know I played good here before. I will try to learn as much as I can from him", he said.

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But Djokovic split with those coaches, as well as other members of his entourage, hoping to regain the groove that made him the first man in almost a half-century to win four consecutive majors.

The Spaniard raced through the first set but stumbled somewhat in the second, with Paire missing two opportunities to take a 5-3 lead that would have left him on the brink of levelling the contest.

"I was so excited to play here against another champion". Trading baseline rallies, they exchanged breaks to leave the Frenchman leading 4-3.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova won for just the third time in six visits to Roland Garros with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over China's Zheng Saisai.

"Last year, I started to feel I had to change something", Djokovic told French sports daily L'Equipe.

Completely predictably, Nadal was in no mood to contentedly reflect on a job well done in the press conference following his match, instead drawing attention to his weak first serve in the second set.

"I think I played very good in the first set". During the second I suffered a little bit bad point. And after that I make the break straight away and then finished a close set, and it was a little bit less hard.

Muguruza, the fourth seed, also had a tough draw in Francesca Schiavone, but she made short work of her with a 6-2, 6-4 win.

Other seeded men advancing included No. 5 Milos Raonic, No. 7 Marin Cilic and No. 10 David Goffin, while No. 14 Jack Sock, the top-ranked US man, and No. 31 Gilles Simon - both in Nadal's section of the draw - plus No. 32 Mischa Zverev all lost.

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