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Three questions for clay season

Updated: April 4, 2007, 1:21 PM ET
By Stephen Tignor, TENNIS.com

Tennis' spring shift from hard courts to red dirt used to mean a severe loss of interest among U.S. fans. The tour vanished to Europe, the players emerged from somewhere in South America, and the rallies were too long and loopy for our attention spans.

All that remains true, but the two months of clay tennis that begin next week are now the most dramatic part of the season. That's because of two people -- Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Last year they faced off in three clay finals culminating ...

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