Nadal often takes time to get fully into his stride at Roland Garros, so the long workout offered few clues as to the health of his game. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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To all intents and purposes it was just a normal day at the French Open then as Nadal clocked up victory No. 67 in western Paris since debuting in 2005 .Nadal often takes time to get fully into his stride at Roland Garros, so Tuesday's 1 hour 50 minute workout offered few clues as to the health of his game.Tournament favorite Djokovic, like Nadal, waited two days for his opening round match but quickly found his stride with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 defeat of Finnish Jarkko Nieminen.Earlier Nadal's compatriot David Ferrer, the seventh seed, bustled into the second round with a 6-1 6-3 6-1 win against Slovakia's Lukas Lacko while U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic hammered Dutchman Robin Haase 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 .Ferrer, runner-up in 2013, joins Nadal as only the second active player to win 300 clay court matches.
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