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French Open 2024: Rafael Nadal Loses To Alexander Zverev In Round 1 - In Pics

Tennis legend Rafael Nadal lost to Alexander Zverev 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the first round of the French Open on Monday (May 28, 2024) in what could become the 14-time Roland Garros champion's last match at his pet tournament. It is the first time in Nadal's career that he has been defeated in two back-to-back matches on clay courts, and the first time he has dropped a match earlier before the fourth round at the French Open. His career record at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament is now 112-4.

Alexander Zverev Photo: AP/Jean-Francois Badias

Germany's Alexander Zverev reacts after defeating Spain's Rafael Nadal during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

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Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal Photo: AP/Thibault Camus

Germany's Alexander Zverev, left, kisses Spain's Rafael Nadal after winning the game during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

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French Open 2024 Photo: AP/Thibault Camus

Spain's Rafael Nadal, center, leaves the court after losing against Germany's Alexander Zverev during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

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French Open Photo: AP/Jean-Francois Badias

Spain's Rafael Nadal gestures after missing a shot against Germany's Alexander Zverev during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

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French Open: Alexander Zverev Photo: AP/Jean-Francois Badias

Germany's Alexander Zverev plays a shot against Spain's Rafael Nadal during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

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French Open: Rafael Nadal
French Open: Rafael Nadal Photo: AP/Jean-Francois Badias

Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Germany's Alexander Zverev during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

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French Open 2024: Rafael Nadal
French Open 2024: Rafael Nadal Photo: AP/Thibault Camus

Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Germany's Alexander Zverev during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

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French Open 2024: Alexander Zverev
French Open 2024: Alexander Zverev Photo: AP/Jean-Francois Badias

Germany's Alexander Zverev plays a shot against Spain's Rafael Nadal during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

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French Open Tennis Tournament Photo: AP/Aurelien Morissard

A fans of Spain's Rafael Nadal wears tennis balls with his nickname ahead of his first round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Germany's Alexander Zverev at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

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Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev
Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev Photo: AP/Thibault Camus

Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Germany's Alexander Zverev during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

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