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Blue clay, tennis head games

Proximity to French Open unleashes full array of competition

Updated: May 10, 2012, 4:34 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

The best way to get bounced from a tournament is to face the player across the net and lose because on that day the opponent was the superior player. The worst way is to lose before the match even begins by obsessing about the conditions, losing focus and then the match.

In March, Roger Federer was the best player at Indian Wells, but Rafael Nadal allowed the cold and wind and wet to take him away mentally from Federer, who in turn destroyed him, blowing him off of the ...

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