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Nadal targets super eight haul

Rafael Nadal can become the first man to win the same Grand Slam title eight times at the French Open with few willing to risk talking down the rejuvenated Spaniard’s chances. Having pulled clear of Bjorn Borg’s record of six wins at Roland Garros with a seventh championship in 2012, the 26-year-old has already confounded the critics who had written him off during a seventh-month injury absence.

Since his return to the tour in February, Nadal has shaken off the heartbreak of missing the Olympics, as well as the US and Australian Opens, to collect six titles from eight finals.  Super-charged by that astonishing run, Nadal now has the opportunity to genuinely confirm himself as one of the greats of the sport. Nadal insists his 2013 run has taken even him by surprise after his second round exit at Wimbledon last year at the hands of world number 100 Lukas Rosol sent him home to Manacor to rest-up his suspect knees.

‘If you told me four or five months ago that after eight tournaments I would have won six titles, I would say you are crazy,’ said Nadal.
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