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Rafael Nadal Sets French Open Meeting with Alexander Zverev

After a lot of speculation if he’ll play this year’s French Open, Rafael Nadal is officially heading to Paris. The Spanish tennis champion, who won the Roland Garros record-breaking 14 times, set a first-round match against German fourth seed Alexander Zverev. Nadal has dominated the French Open for almost two decades, and he’s expected to make his last appearance in Paris this year. He’s been pretty coy about his return after injuries stifled his comeback for most of the season, but he’ll officially be back to his old stomping grounds in a few days. Nadal is no stranger to defying the odds, especially at the French Open, but he was handed a pretty tough first-round match-up. He’ll face Alexander Zverev, who’s entering the tournament as the fourth seed and one of the favorites for the title after winning the Italian Open last week. Whatever happens next, Nadal’s time in Paris will serve as a swan song to the tournament that always felt like home, and where he made history by winning 14 titles. “Roland Garros is the most important tournament of my tennis career and all the things that I lived there, enjoyed there, stays in my heart forever… So it's not a thing about losing or winning. It's about going on court there with the feeling that I can fight and I can be competitive,” said Nadal.