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The anticipation of final Sunday

Nothing in tennis beats the breathtaking Rafael Nadal-Novak Djokovic rivalry

Updated: January 10, 2014, 8:53 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Thirty-nine times Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have played and there is nary a discernible difference between the two. The favorite usually depends on which player lost his last encounter, giving motivational edge to the other.

Djokovic has won 10 of their past 16 meetings. Nadal has won six of their past nine. Djokovic has won two in a row. Djokovic snapped Nadal's eight-year championship hold on the Masters 1000 event at Monte Carlo last year. Nadal beat Djokovic in both Grand Slam ...

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