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Top Seeds Dinara Safina, Rafael Nadal Win At French Open
By Tripp Mateschitz, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Monday, May 25, 2009 10:50am PST USA
Top Seeds Dinara Safina, Rafael Nadal Win At French Open, The French Open, Roland Garros 2009, Lawn Tennis Magazine Paris--( Both world number ones Rafael Nadal of Spain and Dinara Safina of Russia scored straight set round one wins Monday at the French Open to advance to the second round.

In the day's opening match on the Chatrier Court, the top seeded Safina crushed the 48th ranked Anne Keothavong of Britain 6-0, 6-0 in only 61 minutes. Keothavong struck only four winners throughout the match versus twenty-four winners for Safina, as the Brit was completely dismantled.

Dinara Safina of Russia and Rafael Nadal of Spain
Lawn Tennis Magazine, The French Open, Roland Garros 2009
The baseline powerhouse Dinara Safina of Russia has won her last eleven matches in a row.

The baseline powerhouse Russian has won her last eleven matches in a row. And after taking WTA Tour claycourt titles at Rome and Madrid earlier this month, Safina enters Paris determined to attempt a justification of her top ranking by winning her first grand slam title.

Safina lost to the world number two Serena Williams of the USA in straight sets at both the US Open in September and the Australian Open in January.

Particularly embarrassing for the Russian was her 6-0, 6-3 Melbourne collapse to Williams.

Second on the Chatrier Court was the men's top seed Nadal, who defeated the 97th ranked Marcos Daniel of Brazil 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 to open his bid for his fifth consecutive French Open title.

With today's win, Nadal went an astounding 29-0 in Paris to break the men's tournament record for the most consecutive wins which was previously held by Bjorn Borg of Sweden. Borg took 28 straight wins from 1978-1981.

The Spaniard today also equaled the overall tournament record for the most consecutive match wins. The American and claycourt queen Chris Evert also won 29 matches in a row at the French Open beginning in 1974.

Nadal began this claycourt season in his normal outstanding fashion, taking ATP Tour titles at Monaco, Barcelona and Rome. However in his final French Open tune-up tournament at Madrid, the Spaniard suffered a 6-4, 6-4 final round upset to the second ranked Roger Federer of Switzerland.

Also winning in other first round play was the second seeded Federer and the sixth seeded Andy Roddick of the USA. In women's action, the third seed Venus Williams of the USA and the 13th seeded Marion Bartoli of France both recorded three set wins.

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