Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning a point during his men's singles match against Lucas Pouille of France at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 3, 2017. / AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI
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World No. 1 Rafael Nadal saved two match points to avoid a shock defeat in the first round of the China Open, seeing off Lucas Pouille in three sets Tuesday.The Frenchman broke Nadal on the way to taking the first set 6-4, and the world No. 23 came within a whisker of sealing an upset when the second set went to a tie break.The pair headed into a final-set shootout and again Pouille refused to buckle, Nadal getting the critical break of serve in the 11th game before serving for the set and match 7-5 .Nadal, a 16-time Grand Slam champion, tumbled and lost a shoe at one point, and said afterward he was fortunate to be in the second round.
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