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Rafael Nadal goes for the 'Decima' at French Open

Updated 1301 GMT (2101 HKT) May 19, 2016
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Is Rafael Nadal back in form on the eve of the French Open? After a difficult start to 2016, he won back-to-back titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona last month. JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
When Nadal won the crown in Barcelona, he matched Guillermo Vilas for the most clay-court titles ever with 49. David Ramos/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Even though he lost to nemesis Novak Djokovic in Rome, some would say it was still a positive match for Nadal since he ran the dominant No. 1 close, 7-5 7-6 (7-4). Matthew Lewis/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
But Nadal doesn't only have to worry about Djokovic in Paris. Andy Murray is the world No. 2, Rome champion and has a better winning percentage on clay than Nadal and Djokovic since the start of last season. Matthew Lewis/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
When they met at the French Open last year, Djokovic became only the second player to defeat Nadal at Roland Garros. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Robin Soderling is the other player who has downed Nadal at the French Open, in 2009. AFP/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Nadal is hoping the French Open goes better than his last grand slam -- he was upset in the first round at the Australian Open by doubles partner Fernando Verdasco. Michael Dodge/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
It was part of a slump for Nadal, who will turn 30 during the second week of the French Open. He surprisingly fell to Dominic Thiem and Pablo Cuevas on the South American clay-court swing in February. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
But Roland Garros has always held great memories for Nadal. He bagged the first of his nine titles in 2005. CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Nadal is seeking a 15th grand slam title overall -- and first since defeating Djokovic in the 2014 French Open final. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/AFP/Getty Images