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Rafael Nadal heading to the French Open in form

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Rafael Nadal will head to the French Open having won six out of the eight tournaments he has played since returning from injury.

The Spaniard has won 36 of his 38 matches in 2013 and has reached at least the final in all competitions he has played.

Nadal missed 222 days of competition due to a knee injury and also suffered from a virus during his rehabilitation.

Nadal will most likely be seeded fourth for the French Open, however he has won at Roland Garros seven times before. This could change though after Andy Murray's withdrawal from the event due to a back injury.

The 26-year-old warmed up for the French Open, which starts on Sunday, by beating Roger Federer in the final of the Italian Open.

Nadal dropped only four games as he raced to a 6-1 6-3 win in under 70 minutes.

The 2012 French Open was the last Grand Slam that Nadal won having been knocked out in the second round at Wimbledon and been absent from last years US Open and this years Australian Open.

Nadal has entered the Paris tournament eight times, and amazingly not won it only once. This came in 2009 where he was defeated in the fourth round by Robin Soderling.

Out of the 33 Grand Slams Nadal has played, he holds an astonishing 33% win rate, lifting the trophy 11 times.

Nadal is odds on favourite to make it 12 and win at Roland Garros, while Novak Djokovic is clear second favourite and the Spaniards greatest challenger.

 

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