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The Big Guns Fire into French Open Second Round in Paris

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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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