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Nadal, Djokovic Cruise Through Opening Round as Murray Faces First Match

Nadal of Spain reacts after defeating Ginepri of the U.S. in their men's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after defeating Robby Ginepri of the U.S. in their men's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 26, 2014. © Vincent Kessler / Reuters—REUTERS

The tennis heavyweights sailed through the opening round of the French Open on Monday as the defending Wimbledon champ prepares to take a crack at the clay today

Rafael Nadal made it look easy, again. The Spaniard was in his element on Monday as he rolled through Robby Ginepri with a commanding 6-0, 6-3, 6-0 win in the first-round of the 2014 French Open.

Also on Monday, the world’s second ranked men’s player Novak Djokovic cruised through the opening match of the tournament with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over unseeded Joao Sousa.

On the women’s side, Maria Sharapova crushed Russia’s Ksenia Pervak 6-1, 6-2 following a rain delay.

On Tuesday, defending Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray will take the court against Kazakhstan’s Andrey Golubev at Roland Garros.

Murray has beaten Golubev handily in their past meetings in 2008 and 2010; however, the Kazakh appears unusually confident after recently beating Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka in the Davis Cup.

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