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French Open: New Dawn For Djokovic Under Andre Agassi

Defending champion Novak Djokovic won his first match under new coach Andre Agassi to reach the second round of the French Open in Paris defeating Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-4 6-2.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion teamed up with American Agassi after parting company with his entire coaching team.

In a match that the Serb never looked like losing, Agassi watched on as his protégé battled through his own frustrations in what proved to be an uncomfortable match that lasted almost two-and-a-half hours.

The American was in the world No. 2’s box for the first time and while Djokovic was largely always in control, Granollers fashioned several breaks of serve throughout the match to make life difficult for the 2016 champion.

The world number two Serb, who could meet Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, beat Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-4 6-2.

Spaniard Nadal, bidding for a 10th French Open title, eased past France’s Benoit Paire 6-1 6-4 6-1.

Djokovic faces either compatriot Janko Tipsarevic or Portugal’s Joao Sousa in the second round, while Nadal will take on Robin Haase of the Netherlands.

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