Nadal faces Hewitt in battle for place in last 16

Text by: FRANCE 24 (with wires)
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Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Australian Lleyton Hewitt face off for a spot in the last 16, while Belgium's Justine Henin, back from retirement, takes on former world number one Maria Sharapova of Russia in Saturday's French Open clashes.


The tournament is back on schedule thanks to good weather, and is hotting up as four-time champion Rafael Nadal locks horns with Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt (seeded 28th) on Saturday to fight for a place in the last 16. When the two players faced each other at the same stage last year Hewitt managed to scrape just five games in the whole match.

As for the ladies, four-time champion Justine Henin faces former world number one Maria Sharapova in a bid to reclaim her crown after returning from retirement in January.

In other matches: Women's top seed Serena Williams opens proceedings on the Philippe Chatrier court against Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, while fellow American Andy Roddick will take on Russia's Teimuraz Gabashvili on the Suzanne Lenglen Court.



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