After a short rain delay, last year’s finalist Rafael Nadal started his Wimbledon 2012 campaign against Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci with a straight sets win 7-6 (0) 6-2 6-3.
Bellucci came out very strong, breaking the Spaniard twice to take a 4-0 lead in the first set and there was no question that he means business. But Nadal managed to fight back in a great fashion, levelling the score at 4-4. Only then became the difference in experience between the two players more visible. Despite the Brazilian holding step and taking the set into a tiebreak, Nadal completely demolished him, not allowing him a single point.
The next two sets were just a formality, with the Spaniard back on top form. Nadal, who has just won his record 7th Roland Garros title, will play Czech Lukas Rosol in the second round.
Also through to round two are Ukrainian rising star and 22th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov, who ousted Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-3 6-4 7-5, Belgian wild card holder David Goffin after defeating 20th seeded Australian Bernard Tomic 3-6 6-3 6-4 6-4, 27th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber with a 3-6 7-6 (8) 6-7 (5) 7-6 (1) 6-2 win over fellow German Tommy Haas, Slovak Lukas Lacko as he beat Romania’s Adrian Ungur 7-6 (4) 6-1 6-3 and Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis with a convincing 6-2 6-4 6-4 victory over Spaniard Albert Ramos.