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Making a case for the top dogs

Updated: August 24, 2012, 8:21 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

For a while there, men's tennis was essentially a one-man show each year.

Four times in the past six years, a single player won three of the four Grand Slam singles titles. Roger Federer (2006-07) did it twice, followed by Rafael Nadal (2010) and Novak Djokovic (2011).

It won't be happening this year. Not even close. The field has leveled dramatically, and maybe, just maybe, the big four is something more than a cartoon creation.

Nine years ago, four men won the four majors of ...

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