Nadal, Murray win French openers

Rafael Nadal reacts during his match against Simone Bolelli during the French Open in Paris on...

Rafael Nadal reacts during his match against Simone Bolelli during the French Open in Paris on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Nir Elias/Reuters)

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PARIS - Two-time reigning champion and six-time overall titlist Rafael Nadal and three-time Grand Slam runner-up Andy Murray were a pair of easy first-round winners Tuesday at the French Open.

The second-seeded former world No. 1 Nadal blew past helpless Italian Simone Bolelli 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 on the famed red clay at Court Chatrier. Nadal committed only 18 unforced errors en route to the predictable victory.

If Nadal can garner a seventh title here next week he would set a new men's record for French Open championships in the Open Era (since 1968). He currently shares the mark of six with legendary Swede Bjorn Borg.

Nadal is a 10-time major champ and has been the runner-up to current world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the last three Grand Slam finals, including the Australian Open back in January.

The 25-year-old Nadal is now a remarkable 46-1 lifetime at Roland Garros, including a victory over Roger Federer in last year's finale.

Up next for the mighty Spaniard will be Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin, who drilled Russian Igor Kunitsyn 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 on Day 3.

The fourth-seeded Murray, who lost to Nadal in his first-ever French Open semifinal here a year ago, defeated Japan's Tatsuma Ito 6-1, 7-5, 6-0 on Tuesday.

Spain's David Ferrer and Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia also advanced at the world's lone clay-court major.

The sixth-seeded Ferrer eased past Slovakia's Lukas Lacko 6-3, 6-4, 6-1, while the eighth-seeded Tipsarevic recovered from a poor first set and posted a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 victory over American Sam Querrey.

Twelfth-seeded Spanish clay-court specialist Nicolas Almagro eliminated Italian Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 7-5, 6-4, while 13th-seeded Argentine Juan Monaco erased Frenchman Guillaume Rufin 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).

Almagro is fresh off his clay title in Nice last week.

A minor upset saw Sergiy Stakhovsky capture a five-set battle with fellow Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, topping the 16th seed 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3, while 17th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet avoided an upset by handling Estonian Jurgen Zopp 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 29th-seeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau edged out German Mischa Zverev 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-4, and No. 32 seed Florian Mayer of Germany whipped Spaniard Daniel Gimeno- Traver 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

Promising Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov drubbed American Donald Young 7-6 (7-3), 6-1, 6-1, while stylish Frenchman Jeremy Chardy outlasted Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 3-6, 11-9 in 4 hours, 11 minutes.

Several other men reached the second round, including oft-injured former world No. 2 German Tommy Haas, Dutchman Robin Haase, Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen, France's Benoit Paire, and Russian veteran Dmitry Tursunov. Haas topped Italian Filippo Volandri 6-3, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4.


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