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David Ferrer gets his shot -- finally!

Updated: June 7, 2013, 8:14 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga took the clay Friday evening carrying his nation's hopes that a French player could win at Roland Garros for the first time in 30 years -- or at least reach the final for the first time in a quarter-century. France was looking for him to be the next Yannick Noah.

Spain's David Ferrer, meanwhile, took the court carrying the personal burden of having played in 41 previous Grand Slams -- and winning 102 matches in them -- without ever reaching a final. The ...

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