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Novak Djokovic takes 1st set 6-3 in French Open final against 8-time champion Rafael Nadal

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Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball during the final of the French Open tennis tournament against Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) (The Associated Press)

Novak Djokovic won the first set of the French Open final 6-3, breaking Rafael Nadal in the eighth game Sunday and then holding to take the early lead.

Nadal saved two break points in that same game, but a forehand wide gave Djokovic the game moments later.

The top-seeded Spaniard had a chance to break right back, but he failed to convert two chances, and then hit a forehand long to give Djokovic the set.

Nadal is trying to win the French Open title for the ninth time, and fifth time in a row. Djokovic, however, needs to win the title at Roland Garros to complete a career Grand Slam.