◼️ The number 1 of the world returned to the clay after the rain suspension on Monday and, with swings, defeated by 6-4, 6-3 and 7-6 (11-9) Italian Simone Bolelli. The Argentine, 78th in the ranking, waits for Rafa in the second round.
Monday’s postponement due to rain prevented Rafael Nadal from closing his match on the same day and forced him to split it in two. However, the weather could have appeared at the right time, since the Spaniard was 0-3 in the third set, after having won the first two sets.
This Tuesday, the world number 1 returned to the Philippe Chatrier stadium to complete his match against the Italian Simone Bolelli (129th), he managed to overcome and had some swings before prevailing by 6-4, 6-3 and 7-6 (11- 9) in 2h57m of a match.
This was the 80th victory of Rafa in his career at Roland Garros, the tournament in which he only fell twice. In the second phase, the reigning champion and 10 times conqueror of the Parisian brick powder will be measured against the Argentine Guido Pella (78th), who also advanced on day 3 of competition by sealing his success by 6-2, 6-3. and 6-4 over Portuguese Joao Sousa (49th).
80 Roland-Garros match wins and counting…
Bravo @RafaelNadal 👏
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 29, 2018