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Federer vs. Nadal vs. history

Is greatest of all time determined head-to-head or in all-time record?

Updated: March 21, 2013, 2:45 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

There he was once again, a champion, Rafael Nadal, he of the bad knees who had not won a title on a hard-court surface since beating Gael Monfils in Tokyo in October 2010, who disappeared for 232 days after being upset by Lukas Rosol early at Wimbledon and left a crater-sized hole in the charisma department of the men's game during his absence.

Great players live in sports every day and they are the game's rightful lifeblood, but the true superstars, the showstoppers who turn ...

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