Novak Djokovic wants to develop something special with coach Andre Agassi

A day after Angelique Kerber became the first No. 1 player to lose in the first round of the French Open in the Open Era, defending champion Garbine Muguruza avoided the upset bug when Nadal's compatriot defeated 2010 victor Francesca Schiavone 6-2 6-4.

- Pironkova, who reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros past year, beat German Mona Barthel 6-0 6-4.

Okay, so it has only been one match but the Serb ensured a solid start to the high-profile collaboration when he beat Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-4 6-2 in the first round of the French Open.

Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova is safely through to the second round of the French Open after a straight sets victory over Zheng Saisai of China.

Djokovic is bidding to become the first man in the Open era - and only the third in history - to win each of the Grand Slams twice. He will next face Joao Sousa of Portugal in the second round.

Although Muguruza's first-strike tennis proved too much for the 36-year-old Italian as she beat her 6-2, 6-4, the Spaniard was full of admiration afterwards. "It's more about the mindset, because I feel the game I have has got me to where I am for a reason".

"The match I played was good".

The 12-time Grand Slam champion parted company with his entire coaching team earlier this month after a string of disappointing results before inviting American great Agassi to work with him during the French Open.

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With the air taken out and an injury bothering him, Paire just couldn't stay with Nadal in the third set, with the No.4 seed breaking the world number 45 in the very first game, before easing to victory.

The 25th-seeded Johnson won 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-3.

Konta has never won a main-draw match at Roland Garros. Raonic fired 15 aces and 44 winners to book a meeting with Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Silva, who saved two match points before overcoming Mikhail Youzhny of Russian Federation in five sets.

Sock, who made it to the fourth round in Paris two years ago and had always advanced at least to the second round in four previous appearances, hit 39 unforced errors and dropped serve six times.

Despite the defeat, Fourlis walked off to a standing ovation.

Fifth seed Milos Raonic was a convincing 6-3 6-4 6-2 victor over Steve Darcis while Marin Cilic and David Goffin, who will both have high hopes for this tournament, also came through in straight sets.

Reigning women's champion Garbine Muguruza began her Roland Garros defence with a straight-sets triumph over 2010 victor Francesca Schiavone.

David Ferrer, the 2013 runner-up, outlasted American Donald Young in a four-and-a-half-hour shootout, prevailing 13-11 in the final set, while Former US Open champion Marin Cilic and Belgian 10th seed David Goffin also progressed. "She's still playing, and fitter than most of the players", Muguruza said of Schiavone.

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