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Rafael Nadal sets Novak Djokovic first test after easing through French Open first round | Tennis | Sport

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Djokovic has time on his side as well as the youngesy of the ‘big three’ and he’s proven to be Nadal’s closest challenger at Roland Garros over the years.

And there were some question marks over Nadal’s match fitness heading into this year’s French Open, potentially opening the door for Djokovic to move within one of his rivals.

The Spaniard took a seven-week break after the Australian Open to recover from an injury issue, returning at the Monte-Carlo Masters but looked far from his best as he lost to Andrey Rublev.

Victory at the Barcelona Open a week later was then followed by another surprise defeat on clay to Alexander Zverev at the Madrid Open.


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