Rafael Nadal was far from happy with the clay on Philippe Chatrier, the court where he has only lost twice in his career.
Unseeded Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini, who were in their ninth Grand Slam as a team, battled to a 6-4, 6-4 win in 1hr 22mins against
Thursday's draw saw the 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer surprisingly pitted against 76th-ranked Italian Simone Bolelli for the first match, with Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka following against Italian number one Fabio Fognini.
The seventh seeded pair of Indian veteran Leander Paes and Austrian Alexander Peya advanced to the French Open second round after notching up a three-set win in their opening men's doubles match at the Roland Garros here.
Rafael Nadal started his bid for a record seventh French Open championship with a mostly mistake-free 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 victory over 111th-ranked Simone Bolelli of Italy.