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Tennis: Nadal marches into French Open second round

Holder Rafael Nadal started his charge towards a record seventh French Open title by crushing Italian Simone Bolelli 6-2 6-2 6-1 to reach the second round on Tuesday

Reuters, Tuesday 29 May 2012
Rafael Nadal
Nadal of Spain serves to Bolelli of Italy during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris (photo: Reuters)
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The second seeded Spaniard, who has only lost one match at Roland Garros since his debut in 2005, produced his usual awe-inspiring mix of power and pace to dismiss the world number 111 in just under two hours on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Nadal raced to a 6-2 4-0 lead but Bolelli pulled a break back when his opponent double-faulted but that was as good as it got for the Italian.

Nadal, who will next face Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin, ended Bolelli's ordeal on his first match point.

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