A tangled web at the top of men's tennis

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer seem to have each other's number

Originally Published: September 8, 2011
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- The phenomenon of how some athletes just have a personal nemesis -- can't beat 'em, can't stop 'em, can't explain 'em away, no matter how hard they try -- isn't unique to tennis. Baseball, for example, has been full over the years of dominant pitchers who can't get a certain .200 hitter out to save their lifes. And asking them why it happens is like asking someone where he lost his keys. If he knew how the hell to answer that, they wouldn't be lost, now would they?

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