No drama: Djokovic cruises in French opener

Tennis

Novak Djokovic‘s first Grand Slam action since his disqualification at the US Open went as smoothly as can be in Paris.

Djokovic, the French Open’s No. 1 seed who is bidding for a second title here and an 18th major title overall, beat Mikael Ymer of Sweden 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 under a closed roof at Court Philippe Chatrier.

The first set lasted just 20 minutes and Djokovic broke the 80th-ranked Ymer nine times overall and had a 32-12 edge in total winners.

Djokovic was defaulted from his fourth-round match at the U.S. Open this month for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball hit in anger after dropping a game.

In remaining men’s first-round play, US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini defeated Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. The seventh-seeded Italian next faces Lloyd Harris.

No. 20 Cristian Garin of Chile won against German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 and plays lucky loser Marc Polmans.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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