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Rafael Nadal takes a commanding 6-4, 6-3 lead over S. Bolelli at Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal has reached the second round of the French Open after overcoming a spirited Simone Bolelli in a match that was delayed overnight by rainfall.

Although the Italian lost the contest in straight sets 6-4 6-3 7-6, he gave the King of Clay a few scares along the way.

Nadal was forced to come back from a break down in both the second and third sets.

The Spaniard found himself trailing 3-0 in the final set and fought off multiple set points, eventually forcing a tie-break and edging it 11-9.

Nadal wrapped up the winning point at the third time of asking on Bolelli’s serve when his opponent sent a forehand smash into the net.

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