Nadal takes first step towards the 7th Roland Garros title

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World no.2 Rafael Nadal started his Roland Garros title defence in style as he crushed Italy’s Simone Bolelli 6-2  6-2  6-1 and moved into the second round.

With this win, Nadal improved his French Open record to 46-1 and he will be eager to go down in history as the only tennis player to win this Grand Slam 7 times (improving Bjorn Borg’s record of 6 titles).

The Spaniard made quick work of the Italian, breaking him 7 times on a hot Tuesday afternoon and cruising to a comfortable victory in 1 hour and 58 minutes.

Next up for Nadal will be Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, who overcame Russsia’s Igor Kunitsyn in a very similar manner to that of the Spaniard’s, winning 6-2  6-1  6-2.

Also through to the second round are 8th seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia as he ousted American Sam Querrey 2-6  6-4  7-6 (3)  6-3, 12th seed Spaniard Nicolas Almagro after defeating Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 6-3  7-5  6-4 and 32nd seed Florian Mayer of Germany, who eliminated Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-4  6-2  6-3.

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