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Rafa's daunting return to clay

Updated: April 9, 2011, 10:05 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

An ailing knee forced Novak Djokovic out of one of his favorite tournaments of the season, the Monte Carlo Masters. Understandably, he's bummed.

But look at it this way: Without Rafael Nadal looming, Djokovic's already impressive 2011 winning streak of 24 matches will likely continue longer than it would have.

Djokovic's next stop is at home in Belgrade, a modest tourney, so he should collect four more victories. And you'd back him to win a couple of matches at the ...

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