PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Simone Bolelli despite rain delay at Roland Garros

(AFP) – Rafael Nadal survived a mini-crisis to rack up his 80th win at Roland Garros on Tuesday as the 10-time champion defeated Italian lucky loser Simone Bolelli 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (11/9) to reach the second round.

Rafa had been two sets up but 0-3 down in the third when rain caused the tie to be suspended late Monday. He quickly levelled at 3-3 on Tuesday, saved four break points in the eighth game before saving four set points. Rafa eventually claimed the match on a third match point when Bolelli dumped a forehand into the net.

After the match, Rafa said:

I really suffered today but it was a good test.

It was a very difficult match. Simone played very well, very aggressively. He had a lot of chances in the third set.

But I am happy to have won here on this court, the most important of my career.

Our champ next faces Guido Pella for a place in the last 32.

Source: AFP


  1. Rafa very well done,

    and I am quite sure Carlos Moya and the team will help you get your serving going stronger for the next matches.

    Love and prayers for next match,


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