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Polar opposites in Federer-Spadea match

Predator rhymes with Federer, who will be an overwhelming favorite against American tennis player/rapper Vince Spadea. Bonnie DeSimone explains.

Updated: September 4, 2006, 10:57 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- One is self-effacing, the other is self-promoting.

One is decorous, the other outrageous. One is reserved, the other almost painfully candid.

If Roger Federer wrote poetry, it surely would be in traditional iambic pentameter. Vince Spadea prefers the driving rhythm of hip-hop lyrics. His signature rap sign-off, "I'm Vince Spadea and I'm not afraid of ya," has become the equivalent of a "Saturday Night Live" catchphrase in tennis circles.

One is No. 1, the other No. ...

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