Djokovic opens with a win at the French

2:03 PM, May 28, 2013   |    comments
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Paris, France (Sports Network) - Last year's runner-up Novak Djokovic posted a hard-fought opening-round victory Tuesday at the French Open.

The world No. 1 star got past capable Belgian David Goffin in straight sets, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 7-5, on a weather-delayed day at Roland Garros.

A 2 1/2-hour rain delay opened the chilly day before even more rain came to send players scurrying off the courts Tuesday afternoon.

But Djokovic and the rest of the players patiently waited for their outings, and Djokovic ultimately improved to 7-1 in his last eight matches in the southwest corner of Paris.

The Australian Open champion and U.S. Open runner-up Djokovic reached his first-ever French Open final last year, only to lose to the great seven-time champion Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic's second-round opponent will be rising Argentine Guido Pella.

Meanwhile, 12th-seeded German Tommy Haas handled France's Guillaume Rufin 7-6 (7-4), 6-1, 6-3 and 16th-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber held off Czech Jiri Vesely 7-6 (7-3), 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 on Day 3.

Resurgent oft-injured Russian Dmitry Tursunov took out 22nd-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6 (9-7), 6-4, 7-6 (9-7); rising 26th-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov was leading Alejandro Falla 6-4, 1-0 when the Colombian retired from their match due to indigestion; Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin got past 28th-seeded German Florian Mayer 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, retired; and 29th-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny overcame Spaniard Pablo Andujar 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

Some other first-round wins came for Russian Nikolay Davydenko, Romanian Victor Hanescu and American Jack Sock, who beat Spanish clay-courter Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 6-2, 7-5. Hanescu was leading Aussie Bernard Tomic 7-5, 7-6 (10-8), 2-1 when Tomic retired with a hamstring injury. The one-time world No. 3 and two-time Roland Garros semifinalist Davydenko topped France's Florent Serra 6-3, 6-4, 7-5.

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