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28 May 2018 by Trystan Pugh

French Open 2018 – Rafael Nadal vs Simone Bolelli Preview

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AT A GLANCE

Where is Rafael Nadal vs Simone Bolelli taking place? Court Philippe Chatrier, Roland-Garros, Paris

When is Rafael Nadal vs Simone Bolelli on and what time does it start? Monday 28th May, 2018 - (not before) 15:05 (UK)

What channel is Rafael Nadal vs Simone Bolelli on? ITV4 (UK)

Where can I stream Rafael Nadal vs Simone Bolelli? The match can be streamed via the ITV Player

Where can I get tickets for Rafael Nadal vs Simone Bolelli? https://tickets.rolandgarros.com/en/home

THE LOWDOWN

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Ten-time winner Rafael Nadal enters Roland-Garros as the red-hot favourite once again having been in typically devastating form during the clay court season. The Spaniard won his 11th Monte-Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open titles, and also claimed the Italian Open trophy.
  • The reigning champion's only loss on the surface this year came at the hands of Dominic Thiem at the Madrid Open, which brought to an end a winning run of winning 50 consecutive sets on the surface - a tour record.
  • Nadal leads Bolelli 5-0 in career meetings and has won both their meetings on clay in straight sets.

SIMONE BOLELLI

  • Bolelli takes his place in the first round as a Lucky Loser following Alexandr Dolgopolov's late withdrawal and he has been handed the toughest possible draw.
  • The Italian has met Nadal once before at this stage of the French Open, losing 6-2. 6-2, 6-1 back in 2012.
  • Bolelli has mostly played on the Challenger Tour this year with his best result being a run to the final of the Punta Open in early March.

THE STATISTICS

THE PREDICTION

Lucky Loser Bolelli gets a second bite of the cherry at this year's French Open but the omens are not good for the Italian; he lost 6-0, 6-2 to world number 315 Santiago Giraldo in the last round of qualifying and here he faces a man who has only ever lost two matches at the French Open in 13 years. Nadal has been his usual irresistable self since the clay court season began and few would bet against him claiming his 17th Grand Slam title in a fortnight's time.

The reigning champion should ease through this opener with relative ease in straight sets.

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