French Open: Nadal, Djokovic, Sharapova through to next round

Defending champion Rafael Nadal beat Robby Ginepri with ease on a rain-interrupted day at the French Open

Novak Djokovic also completed a comfortable straight-sets victory of his own, over Joao Sousa to move into the second round at Roland Garros.

Britain’s James Ward went ahead against Tommy Robredo before losing to the Spanish number 17 seed in four sets.

The 2012 women’s champion Maria Sharapova demolished fellow Russian Ksenia Pervak.

Nadal was in no mood to hang around after being forced to wait until late afternoon to face the American, who he beat 6-0 6-3 6-0 in 102 minutes.

Six-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic, who has never won the title at Roland Garros, beat his Portuguese opponent in just under two hours to set up a meeting with France’s Jeremy Chardy.

Seventh seed Sharapova had few problems dealing with Pervak after play began more than an hour late because of rain. Story by Ghana/Joy Sports

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