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No guarantees for Rafa in Paris

Gunning for his ninth French Open title, world No. 1 failing to find his footing

Updated: July 5, 2014, 10:29 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Admittedly, it hasn't been the usual rainbows-and-cupcakes-filled spring for Rafael Nadal on clay.

He lost a couple of quarterfinal matches we're not used to seeing him lose. He fell to Novak Djokovic in the Rome final. But ... and this is a big but ... the 27-year-old Spaniard has produced a surreal 59-1 record at Roland Garros. Nadal has won eight titles in nine years there -- more than any other player at any Grand Slam.

Here's the up-and-down accounting of where the notable men ...

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