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French Open 2018, Men's Singles, Round 1: Rafael Nadal vs Simone Bolelli, Live Match Updates

Nadal def Simone Bolelli 6-4,6-3, 7-6(11-9) to enter Round 2.
Updated: 29 May 2018 19:44 IST - Published: 28 May 2018 20:02 IST
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Sometimes, all it needs is a small break for a top-flight player to return to form and that is exactly what transpired on court as the World No.1 Nadal clawed his way from behind in the third set to keep his nerve and come out on top against the Italian Simone Bolelli, who kept himself in the game until the very end with a scintillating combination of exquisite drop shots and powerful smashes. 

However, the net played antagonist to Bolelli's plans all through the set and in the end, Nadal made optimum use of the unforced errors to move into a next round with a thrilling 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (11-9) victory in the end. 
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Nadal clinches the match 6-4,6-3, 7-6 (11-9). 

A dominating display of some skillful tennis from both Nadal and Bolelli, the former in particular played commmendably well to claw back from a 3-game deficit to finish victorious in the end. 
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Third match point for Nadal! 

Quick serve from the Spaniard, Bolelli returns it well but is caught in the middle as Nadal finishes with a forehand. 
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Rafael Nadal to serve. 
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Players switch ends, score is tied on 9-9.
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Bolelli is doing fabulously well to stay in the hunt here! Another sizzling forehand return, 168kmph and stays in the game with that point. 
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Savage from Nadal! Sees Bolelli moving forward, sends a strong forehand which falls inches inside. 

Second matchpoint for Nadal. 
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Bolelli is certainly not done yet. A strong serve followed by a strong forehand and the score is back on level. 
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Now Nadal has regained the lead. Matchpoint for the Spaniard!
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Bolelli has found the net with a backhand. In other news, the sky is blue.

Scores level on 7-7.
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My word! That drop shot should be captured and kept in the museum. Shake of the head from Nadal and even he knew that he could do nothing about that. Bolelli leads 7-6. 
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Players to switch sides yet again. A small drink for both of them and we are off! Bolelli to serve. 
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Fabulous from Nadal! Three points in a row and now Nadal has leveled scores on 6-6. 
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Nadal making a strong comeback here. Sends in a strong forehand and follows it up with a good cross-court forehand to collect a point. Bolelli leads 6-5.
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Ace from the Spaniard! Score now is 6-4 in favour of Bolelli. 
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Set point for Bolelli. 
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Is that a drop shot or a magic spell? Second time in a row, Bolelli drops it and picks another point! Excellent execution.
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Exquisite thinking from Bolelli! Nadal sent in a strong backhand, Bolelli calmly drops it down and collects yet another point. 
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Nadal and Bolelli will now switch ends. 
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Nadal collects yet another point on his serve. Bolelli 4-2 Nadal. 
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Three points in a row and Bolelli is running away with the game. Leads 4-1. 
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Fantastic application from Bolelli! Sees Nadal playing a little deep, runs forward to the net and drops it away from Nadal. Now enjoys a 3-1 lead. 
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Another powerful backhand from Bolelli as he regains the lead. Bolelli 2-1 Nadal. 
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Nadal claims one back and the score is now leveled on 1-1. 
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