Andy Murray kicked off his bid to win the French Open for the first time as he bagged a comfortable 6-3 6-3 6-1 win over Argentina’s Facundo Arguello to make it 11 wins on the trot on the clay courts.
Roger Federer also got over the first hurdle with ease on Sunday as the Swiss man cruised to a 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over Colombian Alejandro Falla, while fellow Swiss man Stan Wawrinka recorded a comfortable 6-3 6-2 6-3 win over Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori is also through to the next round as he saw off Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 6-3 7-5 6-1, but Mathieu’s compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga did make it through as he saw off Christian Lindell of Sweden 6-1 6-2 6-2
Fourth seed Tomas Berdych saw off Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka 6-0 7-5 6-3 as he too bagged a comfortable opening victory at this year’s French Open.
On the women’s side, Maria Sharapova’s defence of her French Open title got off to a solid start as the Russian saw off Spain’s Kaia Kanepi 6-2 6-4 to book her spot in the second round.
However, Venus Williams is out of contention at Roland Garros after the nine-time grand slam champion lost 7-6 (7/5) 6-1 to fellow American Sloane Stephens, while former world number two Agnieszka Radwanska is also out as she fell to Germany’s Annika Beck.6-2 3-6 6-1.
Third seed Simona Halep overcame Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina 7-5 6-4, while seventh seed Ana Ivanovic came from a set down to beat Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova 4-6 6-2 6-0.
Britain’s Heather Watson overcame French wildcard Mathilde Johansson 6-4 7-5 and eighth seed Carla Suarez Navarro joins her in round two as she saw off Romania’s Monica Niculescu in straight sets 6-2 6-2.