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Nadal Takes 2nd Set to Take 2-0 Lead Over Djokovic at French

June 10, 2012

Spain's Rafael Nadal

Spain's Rafael Nadal hits a return to Serbia's Novak Djokovic during the French Open men's final at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Photographer: Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images

Defending champion Rafael Nadal has a two-set lead over Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the French Open men’s final as the Spaniard tries for a record seventh title on the clay courts of Roland Garros.

The second set started with Djokovic winning a 21-shot rally to save a break point, but then he lost the game with a double fault. The pair each held to make it 2-1 and then Djokovic broke Nadal with a lob to even the set. After breaking his racket by throwing it down onto the red clay in frustration, the Serb held serve and took a 3-2 lead.

Nadal took the next three games, and then the set was delayed about 40 minutes by rain. After play resumed, Nadal broke Djokovic to take the second set.

In the first set, Nadal jumped out to a 3-love lead in 13 minutes, breaking the Serb twice. He had a chance to go 4 games up but hit an inside out forehand wide. Djokovic came back to break him, making it 3-1. He held his serve, and broke the Spaniard again to even the set as rain began to fall.

Nadal took advantage of Djokovic’s service troubles and broke his opponent when the Serb double faulted. Djokovic was getting less than 50 percent of his first serves in. The pair stayed on serve and Nadal won the set in 58 minutes.

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