Nadal has also thrived on hard courts in 2017, reaching his first Slam final in three years when he lost in five sets to Federer in Australia despite being a break to the good in the deciding set.
Nadal takes his opener against French fan favorite Paire in straight sets.
Next up for the reigning champion is Joao Sousa after he came from a set down to beat Janko Tipsarevic on Court 18.
“For me, it’s important to serve a little bit better than what I did today”, Nadal said after advancing into the second round.
Over on the other court, on at the same time, Nadal – chasing his tenth French Open title – fought off the resistance provided by Paire in the second set while producing solid court coverage to bag the win.
Having fired his entire coaching staff earlier this year, the 30-year-old is hoping that former tennis star Andre Agassi will be able to rectify what’s been ailing him.
On the resumption, Muguruza won 12 successive points to take the set and then went an early break up in the second.
The Spaniard took the final set in 31 minutes.
The 10th-seeded Goffin won 6-2, 6-2, 6-2, sealing the match with an ace to complete a service game to love.
However, it wasn’t enough to save him with Djokovic going on to close out the match 6-3 6-4 6-2 in his first victory under new coach Andre Agassi.
Should he do so, the 30-year-old Spaniard would become the first man to win 10 titles at any single Grand Slam event.
The Spanish star came back into the game to level the score at 4-4, before taking the next two games for a two-set lead.
– Kyrgios, seeded 18th, completely outclassed his opponent, serving 20 aces and hitting 40 winners as he closed out the match in just under two hours.
The second Grand Slam of the season lasts for 14 days, with the first round beginning on Sunday 28 May. However, she made too many unforced errors to sustain any form of challenge.
Prior to the tournament, Rafael Nadal said he considers Paris his second home due to the past success at Roland Garros.
Sergiy Stakhovsky bt Lu Yen-hsun 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).
Sugita had rallied from two sets down when play was suspended on Monday because of darkness, with the Japanese player leading 4-2 in the fourth set.
Spain’s Garbine Muguruza plays a shot against Italy’s Francesca Schiavone during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.
Despite the defeat, Fourlis walked off to a standing ovation.
Seventh seed Marin Cilic of Croatia also dropped just nine games in a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win against Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis.