Nadal had become the first person last season to win ten singles titles at a Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era, and straight sets victory over Dominic Thiem secured yet another Roland Garros triumph
In a match spread over two days, Nadal did not always find things easy against lucky loser Simone Bolelli, who had four set points in the third set tiebreaker, though the Spaniard proved too strong at the big moments and reached the second round.
Follow Rafael Nadal vs Simone Bolelli at the French Open live, the 2018 Men's Singles First Round. The match begins approximately at 10 am ET at Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros in Paris, France. Follow here for a live stream commentary, and result on VAVEL.
10-time champion Rafael Nadal heads into the major as the heavy favourite to win a record-tying 11th title, while Alexander Zverev and the rest of the young guns look to break the King's stranglehold on clay at the year's second major.