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Nadal's Parisian procession threatened by long lay-off

Relaxed Halep heads into rescheduled French Open on Sunday as clear favourite for the women's singles title

Rafael Nadal attempts a backhand against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman during their quarter-final match at the Italian Open in Rome on Sept 19. The Spaniard went on to suffer a shock defeat.

Romania's Simona Halep serving to Spain's Garbine Muguruza during their semi-final match at the Italian Open in Rome on Sept 20.


RAFAEL Nadal has the perfect chance to equal Roger Federer's record 20 Grand Slam titles at the French Open he has made his own, but for once the conditions are stacked against the undisputed "King of Clay" heading into the rescheduled tournament, which begins on Sunday.


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