2018 Roland Garros R1 Rafael Nadal bt. Simone Bolelli 6/4 6/3 7/6(9)
Next opponent - Guido Pella
PARIS (AFP) - Rafael Nadal racked up his 80th win at Roland Garros on Tuesday (May 29), as the 10-time French Open champion defeated Italian lucky loser Simone Bolelli 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (11-9) to reach the second round.
The world No. 1 had been two sets up but 0-3 down in the third when rain caused the tie to be suspended late on Monday.
He quickly levelled at 3-3 on Tuesday and saved four break points in the eighth game before saving four set points.
The top seed, bidding for an 11th title in Paris and his 17th Grand Slam crown, next faces Argentina's Guido Pella for a place in the last 32.
"I really suffered today but it was a good test," said Nadal, who had been in danger of dropping his first set at Roland Garros since his 2015 quarter-final loss to Novak Djokovic.
"It was very difficult. Simone is a very good player and he had lots of chances and was very aggressive.
"But I am happy to have won here on this court, the most important of my career."
• Day 2
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• On-court interview
• Interview for Eurosport (ES)
• Press conference