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History beckons for Nadal at Roland Garros

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Rafael Nadal will make history if he can beat Novak Djokovic on Friday then go on to win the French Open.

The Mallorcan is already Roland Garros royalty after winning an incredible 57 of 58 matches on the red clay there, with his sole loss coming against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009.

Last year he became the first man to win seven French Open titles in the open era, surpassing Bjorn Borg's six, but he can achieve an even more impressive feat this weekend.

If he downs the Serb in the semis then overcomes either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or David Ferrer in Sunday's final, he will become the first man to win a single Grand Slam title eight times.

And, at the age of 27, he would become the player to win the most French Open matches - a record he can equal today.

Nadal would match the 58 wins of contemporary Roger Federer, who has surprisingly only won one French title - at that 2009 tournament - and Guillermo Vilas, who also won the French once, in 1977.

Nadal says he will have to be at his best to beat Djokovic - but if he does so, history once again beckons.

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