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Don't underestimate Ferrer's shot

Updated: August 29, 2012, 1:05 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Without suspense, the top three seeds -- Roger Federer, Andy Murray and defending champion Novak Djokovic -- are through to the second round, but for the first time in years the inevitability of the men's draw is not a given, courtesy of the enormous void created by Rafael Nadal's absence.

Where the Rafa Void will be felt is in the quarter of the draw that plays its first matches Wednesday, in which David Ferrer -- instead of Murray -- is now the fourth seed. Ferrer, the undersized ...

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