Rafael Nadal beats Simone Bolelli in French Open first round after rain delay

Rafael Nadal began his bid for an 11th French Open title with a rain-delayed straight sets win over Simone Bolelli.

The world No 1 eased past his Italian opponent 6-4 6-3 7-6 (11-9) on Tuesday to kick-start the defence of his Roland Garros title.

Adverse weather in Paris forced the postponement to the match that started on Monday, with Nadal three games behind in the third set.

He quickly levelled the third set when play resumed on Tuesday, although the Spaniard was forced into a tie-break where he saved four set points.

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