Djokovic, Nadal, Murray advance in Paris
Novak Djokovic treated the Roland Garros crowd with some great tennis shots yesterday. His charm offensive continued after the match.
Djokovic is craving a career Grand Slam at the French Open after losing in the final three times over the past four years. A fan favourite in Paris, he has dramatically improved his level of French in recent years.
"These two weeks might be the most important in the whole season (for me)," Djokovic said after defeating 95th-ranked Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.
Djokovic was in complete control, broke his opponent seven times, and closed the match with a drop shot. He joined his main rivals Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray in the second round.
Seeded number two in Paris for the first time, Murray rallied to win from two sets down for the ninth time, and beat Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.
While Murray needed two days to progress, nine-time champion Nadal had a much easier time easing past Sam Groth 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.
In the women's draw, Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber lost in the first round. Hampered by a left shoulder injury, the third-seeded Kerber was upset by 58th-ranked Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Francesca Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion, was also eliminated, losing to Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 6-4.