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Will del Potro escape the first round?

Updated: August 23, 2012, 4:00 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

As the finale to the Grand Slam season, it was all shaping up so nicely.

For the first time since 2005, there were different men's in-season Grand Slam winners heading into the U.S. Open -- Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. If one were to win in New York, he'd likely be the MVP of 2012.

Alas, the battle for supremacy became a little less intriguing after Nadal had to withdraw because of his knee issues. But it made the task easier for Federer, Djokovic and the rest ...

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