Birthday boy and king of clay

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Rafael Nadal is hoping to become the first man to win the same Grand Slam singles title eight times.

What better place for Rafael Nadal to celebrate his 27th birthday than in Paris? Nadal, who is seeded third at Roland Garros this year, has won a record seven titles at the French Open. Even more impressive, Nadal is 55-1 on the red clay of Paris. The Spaniard’s lone loss was against Robin Soderling in 2009. Nadal takes on Kei Nishikori today and is hoping to celebrate his 19th straight win, which would put him in the quarterfinals.

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