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Rafael Nadal beats Vilas' record of consecutive wins on clay

Rafael Nadal beats Vilas' record of consecutive wins on clay”

World number one Nadal had been two sets up but 0-3 down in the third when rain caused the tie to be suspended late Monday.

Shapovalov compiled a 32-9 edge in winners and converted 6 of 12 break points.

The Russian appeared to be cruising at 6-1 3-1 ahead but Holland's Richel Hogenkamp suddenly had her on the ropes, taking the second set and racing 3-0 ahead in the decider.

The Russian was not given a wildcard by organisers for the tournament past year, which took place shortly after her return from a 15-month doping suspension.

The five-time Grand Slam victor is only seeded at Roland Garros courtesy of a semi-final run in Rome earlier this month which dragged her back into the top 30 for the first time since her ban.

Yuki Bhambri's maiden appearance at the French Open ended with a first round defeat even as Rohan Bopanna began his men's doubles campaign with an easy win along with French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

After a rail delay halted play for an hour with Shapovalov trailing 3-2 in the second set, the Canadian lost just three games the rest of the way in his French Open main draw debut.

The 31-year-old, five-time major champion, took just 24 minutes to win the first set of a match which was delayed from Monday due to thunderstorms, but threw away a 3-1 lead in the second.

Williams was later making her comeback to Grand Slam tennis following the birth of her daughter in September.

Williams starts her 16th Roland Garros against Czech world number 70 Kristyna Pliskova who has never won a match at the tournament in three visits.

"It's been two years since I played here".

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza got the better of Svetlana Kuznetsova in a first-round meeting of two former champions.

The Argentinian had won 49 ATP titles on clay (Rafa has passed that record as well) and he claimed 14 titles on clay in 1977, staying undefeated from Roland Garros until Aix en Provence when he retired against Ilie Nastase in the final.



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