/With Andre Agassi on his side, Novak Djokovic pushes through rusty start

With Andre Agassi on his side, Novak Djokovic pushes through rusty start


Sandra Harwitt, Special for USA TODAY Sports

Published 1:12 p.m. ET May 29, 2017 | Updated 5 minutes ago

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Rafael Nadal had a winning start at Roland Garros, as he begins the hunt for his 10th French Open championship. Defending champion Novak Djokovic and Stevie Johnson also advanced.
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PARIS — In a bizarre sort of way the French Open is the scene of the crime for Novak Djokovic.

Last year, as the world No. 1, Djokovic enjoyed one of his most thrilling career moments by finally conquering the red clay of Roland Garros. He had been in the French Open final three times before, but failed to add the title to his other Grand Slam trophies, a collection that included multiple victories at all the other majors.

The downside is that since becoming a French Open champion he’s struggled with his tennis, and he’s been thwarted in scoring a 13th major victory.

The second-seeded Djokovic’s return to the French Open as…

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