Rafael Nadal came from behind for the second match in a row Friday at the French Open, surviving another shaky start to beat Martin Klizan 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.
Entering the tournament, seven-time champion Nadal had lost only 14 sets in 53 matches at the French Open. Now he has lost the opening set in each of the first two rounds.
Last year Nadal dropped one set in the entire tournament en route to a record seventh Roland Garros title.
Forced to wait a day to play because of rain, Nadal lost serve four times and needed nearly three hours to reach the third round. When Klizan's final shot sailed out, Nadal gave the cheering crowd a relieved thumbs-up and managed a weak smile.
Defending French Open champion Maria Sharapova moved into the third round Friday by finishing off a rain-interrupted 6-2, 6-4 victory over 19-year-old Eugenie Bouchard of Canada.
The match was suspended on Thursday night with Sharapova up a break in the second set at 4-2.
She only had the tiniest bit of trou...