French Open

Just one week for Djokovic and Agassi

2017-05-29 22:50
Andre Agassi (Getty Images)

Paris - Novak Djokovic began his partnership with Andre Agassi with victory on Monday but the American legend definitely won't be around if the Serb successfully defends his title.

Agassi, the 1999 Roland Garros champion and eight-time major winner, had only committed to just a "few matches" with the world number two.

Now Djokovic has confirmed that should he make the second week of the tournament, he'll be flying solo.

"Well, he's going to stay, I hope, till the end of this week. Then he has to leave, because he has already scheduled some things that he cannot reschedule," said Djokovic after claiming a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Spain's Marcel Granollers.

"So that's all. I'm going to try to use the time spent with him as best as I can, as best as we can."

Monday's win - his fourth in four meetings with the Spaniard - was the perfect way to mark his 50th successive Grand Slam appearance.

But there is still work to do for the 30-year-old whose form has dropped off since he completed the career Grand Slam in Paris 12 months ago.

"Andre has left already. He's waiting for me for a serious talk," joked Djokovic on Philippe Chatrier.

Djokovic dropped served four times and required nine set points to claim the second set against a player who had only won 10 games in their previous three encounters.

The Serb, seeking to become the first man in the Open era to win all four majors on at least two occasions, eventually wrapped up matters after two and a half hours on a hot and muggy centre court.

Agassi, 47, has kept a relatively low profile since his arrival in Paris, giving just one television interview.

On Monday, as he watched Djokovic play, he was greeted by Boris Becker who gave up coaching the Serb in December after three years together.

"I can see only positives to now. But it's hard to say whether there is significant difference on the court, because it's only a few days that we are together," added Djokovic.

The 12-time major winner split with with long-time coach Marian Vajda earlier this month and named Agassi after he lost to Alexander Zverev in the Rome Masters final.

"It's going to take a little bit of time. I'm patient, and for us this is a great way to start our collaboration and friendship and get to know each other and then see where it takes us."

Next up for Djokovic is a clash with Portugal's Joao Sousa who beat Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2, 6-2.

French Open results on Monday, the second day of the 2017 tournament at Roland Garros (x denotes seeding):

Men

First round

Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) bt Jared Donaldson (USA) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4

Nicolas Kicker (ARG) bt Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

Pablo Cuevas (URU x22) bt Maxime Hamou (FRA) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

Andreas Seppi (ITA) bt Santiago Giraldo (COL) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2

Fabio Fognini (ITA) bt Francis Tiafoe (USA) 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 1-6, 6-0

Richard Gasquet (FRA x24) bt Arthur De Greef (BEL) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3

Victor Estrella (DOM) bt Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 6-7 (9/11), 2-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-2

David Ferrer (ESP x30) bt Donald Young (USA) 5-7, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 13-11

Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bt Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3

Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) bt Federico Del Bonis (ARG) 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (8/6)

Marin Cilic (CRO x7) bt Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Milos Raonic (CAN x5) bt Steve Darcis (BEL) 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

Rogério Dutra Silva (BRA) bt Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2

Jiri Vesely (CZE) bt Jack Sock (USA x14) 7-5, 7-5, 6-3

Aljaz Bedene (GBR) bt Ryan Harrison (USA) 6-4, 6-0, 3-6, 6-1

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x17) bt John Millman (AUS) 6-2, 6-2, 0-6, 6-1

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) bt Gilles Simon (FRA x31) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1

Viktor Troicki (SRB) bt Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 6-0

Rafael Nadal (ESP x4) bt Benoit Paire (FRA) 6-1, 6-4, 6-1

Simone Bolelli (ITA) bt Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-4, 6-2, 6-2

Borna Coric (CRO) bt Mathias Bourgue (FRA) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-2

Steve Johnson (USA x25) bt Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-7 (3/7), 6-3

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) bt Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)

David Goffin (BEL x10) bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) 6-2, 6-2, 6-2

Stefano Napolitano (ITA) bt Mischa Zverev (GER x32) 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 x2) bt Marcel Granollers (ESP) 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

Women

First round

Samantha Stosur (AUS x23) bt Kristna Kucov (SVK) 7-5, 6-1

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) bt Mandy Minella (LUX) 6-3, 6-3

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x11) bt Jaimee Fourlis (AUS) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

Franoise Abanda (CAN) bt Tessah Andrianjafitrimo (FRA) 6-3, 6-4

Catherine Bellis (USA) bt Quirine Lemoine (NED) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

Kiki Bertens (NED x18) bt Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1

Zhang Shuai (CHN x32) bt Donna Vekic (CRO) 7-5, 6-4

Garbine Muguruza (ESP x4) 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 (KAZ x27) bt Myrtille Georges (FRA) 6-3, 6-0

Sara Errani (ITA) bt Misaki Doi (JPN) 7-6 (9/7), 6-1

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA x13) bt Jennifer Brady (USA) 3-6, 6-3, 9-7

Richel Hogenkamp (NED) bt Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 6-2, 7-5

Elise Mertens (BEL) bt Daria Gavrilova (AUS x24) 7-6 (7/4), 1-6, 6-4

Ons Jabeur (TUN) bt Ana Bogdan (ROM) 6-3, 6-4

Ana Konjuh (CRO x29) bt Danka Kovinic (MNE) 7-5, 7-6 (7/4)

Magda Linette (POL) bt Alizé Lim (FRA) 6-0, 7-5

Ana Konjuh (CRO x29) bt Danka Kovinic (MNE) 7-5, 7-6 (7/4)

Elena Vesnina (RUS x14) bt Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

Varvara Lepchenko (USA) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x16) bt Patricia Tig (ROM) 6-1, 1-0 - retired

Vernica Cepede (PAR) bt Lucie Safarova (CZE) 6-1, 6-4

Mariana Duque (COL) bt Irina Begu (ROM) 7-6 (7/2), 6-4

Pauline Parmentier (FRA) bt Irina Khromacheva (RUS) 6-3, 6-0

Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) bt Katerina Siniakov (CZE) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Karolina Pliskova (CZE x2) bt Zheng Saisai (CHN) 7-5, 6-2

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