Rafael Nadal's bid for an historic eighth French Open title was almost spectacularly derailed on Monday by big-hitting German Daniel Brands.
Spain's Rafael Nadal returns to Germany's Daniel Brands during their French Tennis Open first round match at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, on May 27, 2013. Nadal won 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 6-3.
But there were no such problems for defending women's champion Maria Sharapova who eased past Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei in just 54 minutes, surrendering only eight points on serve.
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