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Don't let the rankings fool you

Updated: July 18, 2008, 1:32 PM ET
By Peter Bodo, TENNIS.com

If you dared to compare tennis to NASCAR, a certain kind of tennis fan would swoon and you'd have to catch him before he hit the ground (on second thought … ). But I often find it useful to think of the year in those terms. It's a race, no doubt about it. And that's not a glib concept that applies equally to all sports.

It's hard to frame the NBA or NFL as a "race," even though there's a big prize waiting at the end of the season. The mentality just doesn't seem to apply as well ...

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