No1 & No2 safely through

Routine, usual business, no nonsense, normal service. Whatever you want to call it Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are safely through to the second round in Paris following a routine start for them.

Out of the two it was the defending champion who is looking for only his 12th title here and despite his opponent Yannick Hanfmann trying to mix it up and to give him credit and respect he stayed as competitive as possible did the German but it was the world number two who was in full control.

Rafa hardly dropped a point on serve as he won 6-2 6-1 6-3 and in those 24 games only hit 16 unforced errors which is quite something.

Novak Djokovic was on after.

The world number one is looking to hold all four Grand Slams at the same time for the second time in his career which would be an incredible achievement.

Novak was up against Hurkacz who I have been impressed with this season but has slightly gone off the boil since Indian Wells and Miami. The Pole remained competitive in the first set despite going down an early break but once Novak found himself in poll position there would only be one outcome.

He was ruthless at the net and on serve and likewise to Rafa hit only 14 unforced errors in 26 games. How can you even compete with that.

First step taken, now onto round two.

Novak will be up against Henrik Laaksonen where as Rafa will be up against another German called Yannick in Yannick Maden.

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