It was easy for defending champion Rafael Nadal as he cruised into the second round of the French Open defeating Italian Simone Bolelli 6-2 6-2 6-1.
Nadal is on aiming to achieve a record seventh French Open title and his eleventh Grandslam title overall. The ‘King of Clay’ has only lost once at Roland Garros since his tournament debut in 2005 and the world number two never looked in trouble in this match.
The Spaniard has now amassed an amazing forty six wins in forty seven matches at the French tournament.
Nadal sprinted to a 6-2 lead in the first set. The Spaniard double faulted in the second set allowing Bolelli to pull back a break point but Nadal recovered quickly and comfortable closed out the set 6-2. The third set was just a formality with the defending champion easing making sure of he was in the second round with a 6-1 victory over his Italian opponent.
“All matches are always difficult – the more so here, as you are a bit more nervous, it’s not easy to get your bearings right off as the court is big and it’s difficult out there, but I’m always happy to play here. It’s an incredible feeling.” said the Nadal in his post match interview.
Nadal will face Denis Istomin in the second round.
Djokovic into the third round
World number one Novak Djokovic has defeated Blaz Kavcic to reach the third round of the French Open with a 6-0 6-4 6-4 victory.
Although the Serb was made work hard for the victory he was never in any real trouble winning the match in two hours and fourteen minutes.
The first set was easy for Djokovic who won the set in twenty three minutes without dropping a game. The second set was a much more difficult affair with Kavcic taking a two game lead over the Serb but the world number one battled back leveling the set 4-4 and then went on to win the set 6-4. The final set saw Kavcic battling back from three match points but he finally gave in leaving the Serb win the set 6-4 and moving into the third round.
Djokovic is aiming to be the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four grand slam titles at the same time