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Can Rafael catch Roger?

With Paris approaching, Nadal looks to close in on Federer's Grand Slam record

Updated: May 23, 2014, 11:04 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Their first meeting came more than a decade ago in Miami.

Switzerland's elfin Roger Federer, lean -- almost frail to the naked eye -- and wearing a six-inch ponytail and a too-wide white Nike headband, was 22. Five years younger, Rafael Nadal, an absurdly muscular Spaniard, was garbed in his pirate gear of the day.

Federer had just won Indian Wells, defeating Tim Henman in the final, and was the world's No. 1-ranked player. He had also suffered some California sunstroke; after several ...

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