French Open

Nadal blasts French Open court after Bolelli scare

2018-05-29 18:14
Rafael Nadal (Getty)

Paris - Rafael Nadal racked up his 80th win at the French Open on Tuesday as the 10-time champion defeated Italian lucky loser Simone Bolelli 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (11/9) to reach the second round, but then blasted the showpiece Philippe Chatrier Court for being too slippery.

World No 1 Nadal had been two sets up but 0-3 down in the third when rain caused the tie to be suspended late Monday.

He quickly levelled at 3-3 on Tuesday and saved four break points in the eighth game before saving four set points.

Nadal eventually claimed the match on a third match point when Bolelli dumped a forehand into the net.

But he was far from happy with the clay on Chatrier, the court where he has only lost twice in his career.

"The court is more slippery than usual and I slid a lot when I started off or when I moved to another side, and it was quite complicated," said the Spaniard.

"There are no excuses. This is what I felt. If you look at the images on television, you can see that there are many more whiter zones than other years, because there are little pebbles underneath, and that's why you don't have the proper grip on the court."

The top seeded Nadal, bidding for an 11th title in Paris and his 17th major, next faces Argentina's Guido Pella for a place in the last 32.

With rivals such as former champion Djokovic and the dangerous Dominic Thiem in the other side of the draw along with second seed Alexander Zverev, Nadal is being widely tipped to cruise to an 11th title in Paris.

But despite having wrapped up his 11th titles on clay in Monte Carlo and Barcelona as well as an eighth in Rome, 31-year-old refuses to get too far ahead of himself.

"If you get complacent or too confident with yourself, for sure you won't be happy," said Nadal whose only loss on clay this year came against Thiem in the Madrid Masters quarter-finals.

"I was able to do all these results because I respect the sport, I respect every opponent, and I respect the competition every day.

"That's the reason I have success, is because I go every day on court knowing that I can win, that I can lose, and that's the sport. So anything can happen."

Results from day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):

Men

First round

Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt Simone Bolelli (ITA) 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (11/9)

Guido Pella (ARG) bt Joao Sousa (POR) 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

Denis Shapovalov (CAN x24) bt John Millman (AUS) 7-5, 6-4, 6-2

Maximilian Marterer (GER) bt Ryan Harrison (USA) 6-1, 6-3, 7-5

Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) bt Yuki Bhambri (IND) 6-4, 6-4, 6-1

Jurgen Zopp (EST) bt Jack Sock (USA x14) 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3

Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) bt Matthew Ebden (AUS) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP x28) 6-2, 6-4, 6-2

Mischa Zverev (GER) bt Florian Mayer (GER) 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7/3)

Pablo Cuevas (URU) bt Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 6-4, 6-3, 6-2

Kevin Anderson (RSA x6) bt Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 6-1, 6-2, 6-4

Marin Cilic (CRO x3) bt James Duckworth (AUS) 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (7/4)

Hubert Hurkacz (POL) bt Tennys Sandgren (USA) 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) bt Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 6-1, 6-3, 6-0

Steve Johnson (USA) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA x25) 7-6 (7/1), 6-2, 6-2

Fabio Fognini (ITA x18) bt Pablo Andujar (ESP) 6-4, 6-2, 6-1

Elias Ymer (SWE) bt Dudi Sela (ISR) 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-1

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) bt Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5)

Kyle Edmund (GBR x16) bt Alex De Minaur (AUS) 6-2, 6-4, 6-3

John Isner (USA x9) bt Noah Rubin (USA) 6-3, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (9/7)

Horacio Zeballos (ARG) bt Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-2

Juan Martin del Potro (ARG x5) bt Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 1-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4

Women

First round

Taylor Townsend (USA) bt Myrtille Georges (FRA) 6-4, 6-2

Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) bt Johanna Larsson (SWE) 6-4, 6-3

Daria Gavrilova (AUS x24) bt Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3

Elise Mertens (BEL x16) bt Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 6-7 (9/11), 7-6 (7/4), 6-0

Angelique Kerber (GER x12) bt Mona Barthel (GER) 6-2, 6-3

Ana Bogdan (ROU) bt Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) bt Denisa Allertova (CZE) 6-4, 6-3

Kiki Bertens (NED x18) bt Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 6-2, 6-1

Zhang Shuai (CHN x27) bt Kristna Kucova (SVK) 6-0, 7-5

Irina Camelia Begu (ROU) bt Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) 6-4, 5-7, 9-7

Peng Shuai (CHN) bt Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 6-3, 6-4

Caroline Garcia (FRA x7) bt Duan Ying-Ying (CHN) 6-1, 6-0

Garbine Muguruza (ESP x3) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 7-6 (7/0), 6-2

Fiona Ferro (FRA) bt Carina Witthoeft (GER) 6-4, 6-2

Samantha Stosur (AUS) bt Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 6-2, 6-4

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x30) bt Polona Hercog (SLO) 6-4, 7-6 (7/1)

Julia Goerges (GER x11) bt Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 6-4, 5-7, 6-0

Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) bt Isabelle Wallace (AUS) 6-1, 6-0

Serena Williams (USA) bt Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 7-6 (7/4), 6-4

Ashleigh Barty (AUS x17) bt Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS) 6-3, 6-1

Maria Sharapova (RUS x28) bt Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

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