Djokovic up and Running

  • Last Updated: May 29 2012, 15:44 BST

Novak Djokovic began his campaign for a fourth successive grand slam title with a 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 6-1 victory over Italy's Potito Starace at the French Open on Monday.

Novak Djokovic: made to fight in the early stages

The world number one already holds the Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open trophies and is looking to add the one title he has never won.

For a set and a half Djokovic looked far from a potential champion, the Serb cutting a frustrated figure as world number 97 Starace kept pace with him.

Djokovic could not take two set points in the 12th game of the opener but he won the tie-break easily enough and finally broke through in the fifth game of the second set.

From there he looked more like the player who has dominated the sport for 18 months, moving well and allowing a weary-looking Starace only two more games.

Djokovic said: "I didn't expect an easy match, that's for sure. He is a specialist on clay. I have seen him in the past couple of years. He gave a lot of trouble to the top players on this surface.

"So I tried to be aggressive on the court and take my chances. At the start, I was still trying to find the rhythm and movement on the court. And he obviously played a very good first set.

"But when I look at it now, after the match is over, maybe it was good for me to have the tough first set."

In the second round Djokovic will play Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic, who put out former world number one Lleyton Hewitt in four sets.

Djokovic is bidding to become only the second player in the Open era - and third in all - to hold all four grand slam titles at the same time.