Djokovic, Nadal reach French Open third round

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A father of three young children and now the director of the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy on the Spanish island of Mallorca, Toni Nadal will hand over the reigns to former French Open victor Carlos Moya as head coach next year.

Rafael Nadal eases into the third round of the French Open on Wednesday by defeating Robin Haase 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 with a brutal showing. Nadal's breakthrough was when he won the French Open in 2005 in his first appearance at Roland Garros at the age of 19.

An emotional Nadal withdrew from the French Open a year ago ahead of his third-round match due to a wrist injury and although he is now pain-free, the tournament favourite is aware that his exploits could catch up with him. And, under the watchful eye of his new coach Andre Agassi, Djokovic swept past João Sousa 6-1 6-4 6-3 to book his place in the third round, where he will play Argentinian Diego Schwartzman. "And gave me the strength to finish it off". In the first set he played like he wanted to play, and lost 6-1. "And as I say before, I feel always excited to do what I do and to have the chance at nearly 31 years old to still be all around the world playing the tour".

Paris:Carlos Moya has told Rafael Nadal to ignore all talk of a 10th French Open title, but admitted that the magical double-digit is causing pressure for his fellow Spaniard.

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On Court 6, there was pathos and tears of joy for Steve Johnson, bathos and some world-class racket-smashing for Borna Coric.

The 53rd-ranked Kontaveit beat Muguruza the last time they played, in a clay-court tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, in April.

The American was furious after being given a point penalty for ball abuse on match point at 5-4 in the fourth set and called referee Wayne McEwen onto court to argue his point.

"I'm sorry for my French, my teacher is on holiday", he said. Their match on Tuesday was suspended because of darkness with Tsonga trailing 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 5-4.

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It was all beginning to come together in 2016, with back-to-back Barcelona and Monte-Carlo titles-but then came that bolt from the blue at Roland Garros: withdrawal in the third round with more wrist problems.

Mattek-Sands, who is back in the third round for the first time since 2013, will next face Samantha Stosur.

Elsewhere, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga endured his first opening-round defeat at a grand slam in a decade, going out to the world No91 Renzo Olivo, who now faces Kyle Edmund.

"In the second say he thought about it, and started doing things differently. And I am happy that I am through in three sets". But then of course mentally it is important, but you also need to be really fit.

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Defending champion Novak Djokovic is also on the bill, facing Joao Sousa on Court Suzanne Lenglen.