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Rivals wary of Nadal backlash

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Rafael Nadal might be seen by some as losing his grip on the French Open crown, but his main rivals for the title don't share that view ahead of Sunday's opening day at Roland Garros. 

Spain's Rafael Nadal is pictured as he arrives for a training session on a court at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on May 22, 2014

The 27-year-old Spaniard has been strangely subdued during the long buildup to the consecration of the claycourt tennis season with just the one title to his name - at Madrid when Japan's Kei Nishikori was forced to retire in the final with a back injury.

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