Rafael Nadal: Looking at Potential French Open Matchups on the Road to a Title

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Rafael Nadal: Looking at Potential French Open Matchups on the Road to a Title
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Rafael Nadal has his legs back under him after winning his last three matches in straight sets at the 2011 French Open after a rough start.

After Nadal was pushed to five sets by American John Isner in the first round, many people thought his days of dominance on the surface might be behind him. However, Nadal has rebounded by not losing a set since his match with Isner en route to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

Nadal has been more aggressive and less error-prone, especially effective in his last two matches. In the third round, Nadal only surrendered four games to Croatian Antonio Veic. Nadal converted nine of 10 break point opportunities, sending Veic home in only 101 minutes. Nadal only lost seven points in a 6-0 third set.

In the Round of 16, Ivan Ljubicic was the opposition. Ljubicic was coming off back-to-back straight-set wins over Sam Querrey and Fernando Verdasco—both seeded players. The win was never in question for Nadal, who committed half the errors that Ljubicic did while serving at 68 percent for the match.

Now, Nadal is the final eight of yet another French Open. His next opponent is the only person to have beaten him at Roland Garros—Robin Soderling.

Here's a look at the potential opponents for Nadal throughout the rest of his bid for a sixth French Open championship.

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