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Rafael Nadal shakes Fabio Fognini

Updated: June 1, 2013, 7:02 PM ET
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PARIS -- For the third time in three matches at this year's French Open, Rafael Nadal hardly looked himself for a set.

Unlike in the first two rounds, Nadal won his opening set Saturday, albeit barely. The takeaway, even after another victory, was the same: The owner of a record seven titles at Roland Garros is not the dominant force he usually is at the clay-court tournament.

"If I want to have any chance," Nadal acknowledged after beating 27th-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy ...

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