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Djokovic opens bid for first French title with win

Novak Djokovic returns against David Goffin of Belgium during their first round match at the French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris

Published: 29th May 2013 10:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th May 2013 10:19 AM   |  A+A-

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By AP

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic began his bid to win his first French Open title with a 7-6 (5), 6-4, 7-5 victory Tuesday against 58th-ranked David Goffin of Belgium.

The key moment came in the first-set tiebreaker, with Goffin serving at 5-all. After he faulted once, a fan yelled, "Allez, David!" Goffin then proceeded to miss his second serve, too, for a double-fault that gave Djokovic a set point.

Goffin's backhand into the net gave that set to Djokovic, who had won fewer total points until then, 39-36.

In 2012, Goffin got into the French Open field as a "lucky loser" and took a set off Roger Federer in the fourth round.

Djokovic is trying to complete a career Grand Slam. He lost to Rafael Nadal in last year's final in Paris.



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