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Day 3: Nadal takes on France’s Mina

Text by: Emmanuel VERSACE
2 min

Spain's Rafael Nadal will step onto the Suzanne Lenglen court on Tuesday to take on France’s Gianni Mina on the third day of the French Open, while Justine Henin ends almost three years of retirement to battle Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova.

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On the third day of the tournament, great anticipation surrounds Spaniard Rafael Nadal's first match. France’s Gianni Mina will have the honour of facing Nadal - who scored victories at Monte Carlo, Rome and Madrid in the weeks leading up to the French Open - in the first round on the Suzanne Lenglen court. Elsewhere, American Andy Roddick, seeded No. 6, must defeat the recent winner of the Marrakech tournament, Jarkko Nieminen, to make it to the second round. Fernando Verdasco, seeded 7th, will face off against Russia’s Igor Kunitsyn, and David Ferrer, seeded ninth, is playing against France’s David Guez.

There will be other French players on the court today. Jeremy Chardy will play, for the first time, former world number one Australian Lleyton Hewitt, Nicolas Mahut faces German Mischa Zverev, and Marc Gicquel will tackle Spaniard Pere Riba on court number three. 

On the ladies' side, Belgian Justine Henin, back after 20 months in retirement, will play on the Philippe Chatrier court, three years after taking the French Open title herself. She will take on Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova at 11am. Russia's Dinara Safina, last year's runner-up, faces Japanese Kimiko Date Krumm, while her compatriot Maria Sharapova, former number one, faces Ksenia Pervak, also from Russia.

Finally, French number one Marion Bartoli will be up against Italian Maria Elena Camerin in the first round, and Alize Cornet will play Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the world number 29.

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