Djokovic, Nadal and Garbine cruise into second round
Milos Raonic (Can) bt Steve Darcis (Bel) 6-3, 6-4, 6-2; Jiri Vesely (Cze) bt Jack Sock (US) 7-5, 7-5, 6-3; Aljaz Bedene (Bri) bt Ryan Harrison (US) 6-4, 6-0, 3-6, 6-1; Roberto Bautista Agut (Spa) bt John Millman (Aus) 6-2, 62, 0-6, 6-1; Nikoloz Basilashvili (Geo) bt Gilles Simon (Fra) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1; Viktor Troicki (Srb) bt Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) 7-6 (7-4), 64, 6-0; Rafael Nadal (Spa) bt Benoit Paire (Fra) 6-1, 6-4, 6-1; Simone Bolelli (Ita) bt Nicolas Mahut (Fra) 6-4, 6-2, 6-2; Steve Johnson (US) bt Yuichi Sugita (Jpn) 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (47), win all four majors on at least two occasions, will take on Portugal’s Joao Sousa next.
Garbine’s middling form this season saw her arrive in Paris with just three wins on clay, but the Spaniard dispatched former Paris champion Francesca 6-2, 6-4.
The fourth seed will meet Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit for a place in round three as Francesca, who turns 37 in June, bid farewell to the tournament for possibly the final time.
“I cannot believe in the first round we have two ex-champions. Not only that but Francesca is a legend and I was very excited to play on Philippe Chatrier court with her,” said Garbine.
“I know I played good here before. That doesn’t make me extra confident this year. I think I 6-7 (3-7), 6-3; Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) bt Lu Yen Hsun (Tai) 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4); David Goffin (Bel) bt PaulHenri Mathieu (Fra) 6-2, 6-2, 6-2; Stefano Napolitano (Ita) bt Mischa Zverev (Ger) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2; Diego Schwartzman (Arg) bt Andrey Rublev (Rus) 0-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 9-7; Joao Sousa (Por) bt Janko Tipsarevic (Srb) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, 6-2; Novak Djokovic (Srb) bt Marcel Granollers (Spa) 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
Caroline Wozniacki (Den) bt Jaimee Fourlis (Aus) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2; Françoise Abanda (Can) bt Tessah Andrianjafitrimo (Fra) 6-3, 6-4; Catherine Bellis (US) bt Quirine Lemoine (Ned) 6-3, 3-6, just have to earn that confidence here, and, like today, going out there, trying to deal with things.
“That’s what brings me confidence. Not remembering how I played last year.”
She 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.
Canadian fifth seed Milos Raonic raced into round two with a routine 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Steve Darcis of Belgium.
Former US Open champion Marin Cilic and Belgian 10th seed David Goffin also progressed, but American 14th seed Jack Sock was blown away in three sets by towering Czech left-hander Jiri Vesely. AFP 6-1; Kiki Bertens (Ned) bt Ajla Tomljanovic (Aus) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1; Zhang Shuai (Chn) bt Donna Vekic (Cro) 7-5, 6-4; Garbine Muguruza (Spa) bt Francesca Schiavone (Ita) 6-2, 6-4; Anett Kontaveit (Est) bt Monica Niculescu (Rom) 7-5, 6-1; Johanna Larsson (Swe) bt Natalia Vikhlyantseva (Rus) 6-4, 6-4; Yulia Putintseva (Kaza) bt Myrtille Georges (Fra) 6-3, 6-0; Richel Hogenkamp (Ned) bt Jelena Jankovic (Srb) 6-2, 7-5; Elise Mertens (Bel) bt Daria Gavrilova (Aus) 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 6-4; Ons Jabeur (Tun) bt Ana Bogdan (Rom) 6-3, 6-4; Ana Konjuh (Cro) bt Danka Kovinic (Mne) 7-5, 7-6 (7-4).
Rafael Nadal returns a shot to Benoit Paire at Roland Garros yesterday.