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Nadal a win away from top ranking

After seven months away from the game, Spaniard on the cusp of historic feat

Updated: November 5, 2013, 8:53 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

What a glorious day for tennis.

Day 2 of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals featured, for only the second time, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Those guys are your year-end No. 1s each season for the past decade now. And they have won a shimmering total of 36 Grand Slam singles titles.

For a tantalizing moment Tuesday, it looked like Federer was channeling one of his six triumphant runs at the year's final tournament, but in the end Djokovic outlasted him in three ...

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