French Open 2012: Novak Djokovic Puts Away Potito Starace In Straight Sets

Novak Djokovic is still pursuing a French Open title, which would be the final piece of his career Grand Slam. But he's off his blistering 2011 pace and struggled early at the 2012 French Open in his first round matchup with Potito Starace before putting him away in straight sets.

Djokovic needed a first-set tiebreak to fend off Starace, then took advantage of Starace's regression to his mean, dusting him 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 6-1 to move onto the second round. Djokovic had 39 winners, Starace posted 25 unforced errors, and that was the story of this match in a nutshell.

After it, Djokovic, being Djokovic, delighted the Roland Garros crowd by informing it that he would only speak French for the next two weeks.

You can see a full French Open scoreboard at SI.com.

For more updates on the 2012 French Open, please stay tuned to this StoryStream. For lots more on all things tennis, keep checking SB Nation's dedicated tennis hub.

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