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8-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal could face 3 men who beat him on clay this season

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    Defending champion Spain's Rafael Nadal holds a token during the Women's singles draw for the French Open Tennis tournament, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, May 23, 2014. The French Open tennis tournament starts Sunday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)The Associated Press

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    Defending champions Serena Williams, of the U.S, left, and Spain's Rafael Nadal pose during the draw for the French Open Tennis tournament, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, May 23, 2014. The French Open tennis tournament starts Sunday. At left is the women's trophy, at right, the men's trophy. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)The Associated Press

Rafael Nadal's path to a ninth French Open title could take him through a series of matches against men he lost to on clay this season.

The top-seeded Nadal was drawn Friday to possibly face No. 21 Nicolas Almagro in the fourth round, then No. 5 David Ferrer in the quarterfinals.

The other quarterfinal matchups could be Novak Djokovic vs. Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka vs. Andy Murray, and Roger Federer vs. Tomas Berdych.

Ferrer, who lost to Nadal in the 2013 final at Roland Garros, upset him in the Monte Carlo quarterfinals last month. Almagro beat Nadal in the Barcelona quarterfinals a week later.

Nadal has three losses on clay in a season for the first time since 2004. He was beaten in the Rome final last weekend by Djokovic.