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The Big Guns Fire into French Open Second Round in Paris

The big guns fired into the second round of the French Open in Paris on Tuesday after posting impressive displays in their respective matches.

A Roland-Garros champion in 2016, world No. 22, Novak Djokovic, overcame a sluggish start to beat Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the second round.

Djokovic had earlier been rattled by the Brazilian, who got off to a very good start by breaking his opponent in the opening game. Djokovic would however get into his stride.

The former world no. 1, who hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since winning the French Open in 2016, will next face Juame Munar of Spain, who stunned the 2013 finalist here, David Ferrer 3-6, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, 7-5 to progress.

Austrian seventh seed and famed King of Clay, Dominic Thiem overcame Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 6-2 6-4 6-1. Thiem will now face Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round.

Meanwhile, 2015 French Open champion, Stan Wawrinka, lost his opener.

The burly Swiss, who has struggled with a problematic injury, was beaten 6-2 3-6 4-6 7-6(5) 6-3 by Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez .

Elsewhere, the match between world No.1 Rafael Nadal and Italian Simone Bolelli was suspended due to heavy downpour.

The Spaniard had a 2-set lead but was 3-0 down in the third set against the determined Bolelli when the rain took over.

In the women’s draw, world no. 2, Caroline Wozniacki fended off a stiff challenge from the unheralded American Danielle Collins in the opening set before claiming a 7-5, 6-1 victory to move into the second round.

Eighth seed Petra Kvitova came back from a set down to beat Veronica Cepede Royg 3-6 6-1 7-5 to also reach the second round, while Indian Wells champion, Naomi Osaka, beat American Sofia Kenin 6-2 7-5 to progress.

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