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The rivalry that never happened

Updated: May 13, 2013, 2:56 PM ET
By Peter Bodo

Maria Sharapova is looking at a scenario that even Roger Federer, in the darkest moments of his rivalry with Rafael Nadal, hasn't had to contemplate. Her legacy may be dominated by the fact she can't compete with Serena Williams.

At least Federer can say that Nadal's advantage, and superior head-to-head, was contained to clay. Sharapova, it seems, is hard put to compete Williams on any surface, at any time and place.

That's one of the major takeaways after the end of the Madrid combined ...

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