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Nadal batters Paire to begin title bid

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Paris - Rafael Nadal launched his quest for a record 10th French Open title with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 win over Frenchman Benoit Paire on Monday.

Nadal, who was forced to withdraw before last year's third round with a wrist injury, broke Paire eight times to brush aside the world number 45 in less than two hours.

"I'm very happy to be back here after what happened last year. It's great to feel the support," said the 14-time major champion.

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