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Bialik: Nadal 80 percent of what he used to be

FiveThirtyEight shows Rafael Nadal's recent decline on clay courts. He may have peaked in 2012, but his skill level is down about 20 percent this year heading into the French Open.

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Murray: 'Stupid' to write off Nadal in Paris

British No. 1 says Spaniard's French Open record speaks for itself - but believes Novak Djokovic will be the man to beat at Roland Garros.

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Kerber WDs in Nuremberg; French status iffy

Roberta Vinci advanced to the Nuremberg Cup final on Friday after second-seeded Angelique Kerber withdrew because of a back injury.

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No. 6 Raonic (foot surgery) out of French Open

Sixth-ranked Milos Raonic will miss the French Open after having surgery on his right foot. The Canadian announced his withdrawal Thursday, a day before the draw for the clay-court Grand Slam.

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4 hours, 71 games later, Open qualifier wins

Andrea Arnaboldi needed two days and spent four hours and 26 minutes on court to win the qualifying match featuring the most number of games in the history of the French Open on Thursday.

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Caple: History of David Letterman's tennis guests

There will be plenty of star power on the red clay of Roland Garros in a few days' time, but it will pale in comparison to the collection of tennis players David Letterman had on his show.

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Happy birthday, Novak Djokovic. Your gift? An appearance on this week's worst plays.

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Darren Cahill @darren_cahill

The only two not stressing a Nadal v Djokovic QF are probably Rafa & Nole. Fair chance they would meet in RG15 so it matters little where.

Dominic Thiem hit 11 aces Friday to upset second-seeded John Isner and set up a final against Leonardo Mayer at the Open de Nice.

Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil advanced to the Geneva Open final on Friday and will play Joao Sousa of Portugal for the title.

Can Nadal remain French Open king?

Brian Phillips to Rafael Nadal: "The idea that you could win here seems impossible. The idea that you could lose here seems impossible. Can you believe in either outcome yourself?" Grantland on The Nadal Era

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Jim Caple @jimcaple

Sure, Djokovic got Nadal & Murray in his half of bracket for his birthday, but French Open also gave him a birthday cake. Gluten free, too.