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Injury woes end 'Rafa Slam' quest

Updated: January 26, 2011, 9:30 AM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- The last men's player to win four straight majors was Rod Laver 42 years ago. It doesn't happen often. Besides playing great tennis, everything else needs to fall into place.

There will be no "Rafa Slam" after the Spaniard's physical woes resurfaced at the Australian Open. He'll have to be happy enough in winning three straight, in Paris, London and New York after losing in straight sets to compatriot David Ferrer on Wednesday night.

"This is ...

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