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Rafael Nadal not in the French flow

Updated: May 31, 2013, 5:56 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- After a seven-month sabbatical from tennis, it would be completely normal to see a drastic drop-off in performance, no?

And yet, after returning from a serious knee injury, Rafael Nadal has managed to reach the final of all eight tournaments he played, winning six of them -- his best-ever total coming into the leafy grounds of Roland Garros.

On Thursday, third-seeded Nadal advanced to the third round, and his career record here stands at 54-1. A number of notable prognosticators ...

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