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Rafael Nadal scare a wake-up call?

Updated: May 27, 2013, 7:16 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Daniel Brands is only 13 months younger than Rafael Nadal, but his experience at Roland Garros has been vastly, almost unimaginably, different.

Coming into Monday's first-round match, Brands -- a lithe, 6-foot-5 German who hits bombs for serves and frozen-rope forehands -- had never won a match here in four tries at the French Open. Nadal, meanwhile, will almost certainly retire as the winningest player ever at Roland Garros.

And yet, when Nadal was trying to forge a 5-4 ...

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