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History will fall, one way or the other

Updated: June 9, 2012, 4:36 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

PARIS -- At this late date, after all the sets and all the points and all the hurdles, only one remains for Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal: each other. They are where they expected to be -- in the final of the French Open. Through different paths and contrasting degrees of difficulty, the main event following their epic 5-hour, 53-minute Australian Open final has arrived.

So much history-making rests on the performance of each, but Djokovic and Nadal have already made tennis history just ...

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