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Federer, Nadal, Roddick all have questions to answer

Is this the last season Roger Federer has a legitimate chance to win the elusive French Open title? Why does Rafael Nadal appear to be more vulnerable this year than in the past? It's not too early to shed some light on these burning clay-court questions.

Originally Published: April 17, 2008
By Ravi Ubha | Special to ESPN.com

Love it or hate it, the clay-court season is back.

Estoril, Valencia and Houston hosted smaller events last week, with this week's Monte Carlos Masters, housed at the Monte Carlo Country Club perched idyllically by the Mediterranean, the true men's curtain-raiser.

For the fourth straight year, Roger Federer, coach Jose Higueras in tow, seeks to complete his Grand Slam collection at the French Open, and bulging Spaniard Rafael Nadal tries to become the first man since ...

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