Nadal wins 200th Grand Slam match

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May 27, 2016
Serbia's Ana Ivanovic returns the ball to Japan's Kurumi Nara during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, yesterdays. Ivanovic won 7-5, 6-1. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
@Normal:Spain's Rafael Nadal.
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PARIS, AP:

Rafael Nadal set another milestone at the French Open yesterday, posting the 200th Grand Slam match win of his career.

Nadal got off a sluggish start but once he got into his swing, he was in control. The record nine-time champion at Roland Garros ended up beating Facundo Bagnis 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 to become the eighth man in history to win 200 matches at major tournaments.

The man with the most wins is Roger Federer, who has 302 over his career but is missing from this year's French Open because of injury.

"I think this year I played better than last year," said Nadal, who lost to Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals last year, ending his 39-match winning streak at Roland Garros.

This season, the Spaniard has been in better form in the build-up to the French Open, winning titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

Former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic reached the third round too, hitting 35 winners in a 7-5, 6-1 win over Kurumi Nara.

"When I'm in a good position, I feel I strike it much better," said Ivanovic, who won in Paris in 2008.

"Today that was the case and I knew I had to be aggressive and move well against her, also take time away from her, because she's a great player."

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