Nadal begins quest for fifth straight title

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World No.1 Rafael Nadal maintained his perfect record at Roland Garros with a 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 win over Brazilian Marcos Daniel. He will next meet  Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili, who beat fellow player Igor Kunitsyn 6-7(6), 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-1.

Nadal improves to 29-0 at the French Open, equalling Chris Evert’s record, who won 29 consecutive matches between 1974-1981. In his 29 wins, he has only lost seven sets and has never been taken to a fifth set before.

The Mallorca native, who won clay-court titles in Monte Carlo, Rome and Barcelona, hit three aces, 36 winners and 32 unforced errors. He also won 14 of 20 net approaches for victory in two hours and 23 minutes.

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