Spain's Rafael Nadal kicked off his bid for a record seventh French Open title with a routine 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 first-round victory Tuesday over Simone Bolelli.
The second seed put in a workman-like performance against the Italian, breaking Bolelli's serve on seven occasions and only losing his own once during the contest.
Nadal, who briefly fell one spot in the rankings earlier this month but got back to No. 2 after winning the Rome Masters event, on Tuesday showed off the aggressive play that has led him to three titles so far this clay-court season and two victories in a row over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
For the match he hit 20 winners and committed 18 unforced errors, compared to 14 and 36, respectively, for his opponent.
"I think I did what I had to do today. I played probably with less stress or nervous than in other first rounds in the past," Nadal said in the post-match press conference.
"I tried to play aggressive with the forehand, with the serve, but today I miss a lot," Bolelli said. "He's strong. I mean, I didn't have a chance to make the match even."
The 25-year-old Nadal has won six French Open titles dating back to 2005, with his only loss coming in 2009 to Swede Robin Soderling.
In other action Tuesday involving Spanish players, sixth-seeded David Ferrer cruised past Slovakia's Lukas Lacko 6-3, 6-4, 6-1, Albert Ramos lost to Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 12th-seeded Nicolas Almagro defeated Italy's Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 and Daniel Gimeno-Traver lost to Germany's Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.
Among the Argentine contingent, 13th-seeded Argentine Juan Monaco took out Frenchman Guillaume Rufin 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), Carlos Berlocq fell to Czech Lukas Rosol 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, Juan Ignacio Chela was eliminated by Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 and Eduardo Schwank defeated Croatia's Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 6-0, 6-3.
In the women's draw, fifth-seeded Serena Williams was stunned by Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
The French Open is the second Grand Slam tournament on the tennis calendar and the only one of the four played on clay. EFE