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French Open PHOTOS: Kyrgios, Kvitova record hard-fought wins on opening day

May 22, 2016 18:43 IST

Photos from matches played on Day 1 of the French Open at Roland Garros, on Sunday

Australia's Nick Kyrgios reacts during his men's singles first round match against Italy's Marco Cecchinato at the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, on Sunday

IMAGE: Australia's Nick Kyrgios reacts during his men's singles first round match against Italy's Marco Cecchinato at the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, on Sunday. Photograph: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images

Australian Nick Kyrgios did his best to enliven a damp and dismal Parisian day with some eye-catching play and colourful language as the French Open began without part of the usual furniture on Sunday.

The volatile 17th seed mainly let his racket do the talking during an impressive 7-6(6), 7-6(6), 6-4 defeat of Italian debutant Marco Cecchinato, although he did receive a code violation for his language in the first set.

Kyrgios, enjoying a consistent year which hints at a more level-headed approach to his tennis, was given a useful workout by Cecchinato but faced only one break point as he fired down 17 aces on the damp Court One.

Marco Cecchinato returns the ball

IMAGE: Marco Cecchinato returns the ball. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

The 21-year-old, threatened with a ban last year after making lewd remarks about the girlfriend of defending champion Stan Wawrinka during a match in Canada, barked at a ballboy in the first set and was warned by umpire Carlos Ramos.

"A code violation for saying towel loud?" Kyrgios said in a fiery exchange with Ramos.

"Now I've seen it all. That's bullshit....are you kidding?"

Whenever he was threatened by a 23-year-old opponent playing his first grand slam match, however, he usually responded with a rasping winner.

Having edged the first two sets in tight tiereaks, he managed the only break of serve in the match midway through the third set and eased to victory and a second round against Dutch lucky loser Igor Sijsling.

Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova hits a forehand against Montenegro's Danka Kovinic during their first round match

IMAGE: Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova hits a forehand against Montenegro's Danka Kovinic during their first round match. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Women's 10th seed Petra Kvitova was another early starter and was nearly sent packing in the opening skirmish on Philippe Chatrier Court, the twice Wimbledon champion coming within a game of defeat by Montenegro's Danka Kovinic.

She eventually won 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in two hours 16 minutes watched by ticket holders wrapped up under colourful anoraks and with umbrellas at the ready.

Kvitova, a semi-finalist in 2012, began confidently in light drizzle that followed the torrential early-morning rain, but began to get bogged down on the damp clay.

Kovinic served for the match at 5-4 in the third set but Kvitova roused herself to rattle off three games in a row.

Home favourite Benoit Paire, one of 16 Frenchman to start in the main draw, produced a topsy-turvy display against Moldovan qualifier Radu Albot before winning in five sets.

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