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Djokovic, Nadal and Gar­bine cruise into sec­ond round

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PARIS

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).

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Rafael Nadal re­turns a shot to Benoit Paire at Roland Gar­ros yes­ter­day.

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