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Laver right on: Real slam is a calendar slam

Today Rod Laver was quick to point out that if Rafael Nadal wins next week's Australian Open, his four straight majors would not technically be a Grand Slam. Laver was right to make the distinction.

Updated: January 25, 2011, 10:00 AM ET
By Sarah Spain

It's never easy for legendary athletes to see their records broken or accomplishments trumped. Heck, former Dolphins running back Mercury Morris practically has made a second career out of celebrating the failure of any team who dares try to match the perfect record posted by his 1972 team. Understanding this, most wouldn't blame tennis legend Rod Laver if he wanted to downplay the significance of Rafael Nadal's attempt to win four straight majors. After all, Laver is the last man to win a true ...

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