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Nadal, Djokovic march on as Muguruza survives

Nadal, Djokovic march on as Muguruza survives

After his opening match at Roland Garros this year, the No4 seed, nine-time champion, the undisputed master of clay, Rafael Nadal, was asked whether he has ever found his tennis life-and its many trials-boring, hard, tedious.

Rafael Nadal was satisfied with the way he played against Robin Haase, beaten 6-1 6-4 6-3.

Djokovic will next face Argentina's Diego Schwartzman, who stopped Stefano Napolitano of Italy 6-3, 7-5, 6-2.

Their match was suspended because of darkness on Tuesday with the 12th-seeded Frenchman trailing 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 5-4. Jabeur won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.

Tsonga managed to save three match points, but the 91st-ranked Olivo converted the next one with a forehand cross-court victor to win 6-4 and advance to the second round. It's the French Open.

"Nadal, I don't think he's anxious at all about anyone in this tournament, to be fair", he offered. It's obvious that I can not miss the clay-court tournaments. "I go for walks from my hotel, I walked from Montmartre to Notre Dame".

There were also victories for top-10 seeds Milos Raonic, Dominic Thiem and David Goffin, although with Grigor Dimitrov and Lucas Pouille.

"When I am here in Paris, I am very happy", he said.




"In the first and second rounds, I'm the favourite, but it's sport and nothing is predictable", the 30-year-old said.

But before contemplating their respective accomplishments, each man had a second round match to attend to, with the shock early exits of seeded players including Alexander Zverev (9), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (12) and Jack Sock (14) offering timely reminders that neither Nadal or Djokovic can afford to count their chickens just yet. "So it was crowdy and I really liked it". Olivo converted the next one with a forehand cross-court victor to win 6-4.

The 2017 French Open is the 116th edition of the only Grand Slam tournament played on clay.

Next up for Nadal will be Nikoloz Basilashvili, who reached the third round at Roland Garros for the first time by defeating Viktor Troicki 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (6).

Caroline Wozniacki dished out a chastening 6-0, 6-0 thrashing to Canadian qualifier Francoise Abanda in just 52 minutes. "So it was really late", Olivo said. The way I started, as well.

American Venus Williams made it into the third round after a straight-sets win over Kurumi Nara, 6-3, 6-1.

Djokovic looked every bit a champion as he controlled his opponent throughout, with Agassi closely monitoring from courtside, a look of concern occasionally clouding his mien.

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