federer and nadal

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Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer progress in contrasting styles: Djokovic, Murray and Soderling lurk in the wings

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Sunday evening and it’s seven days into the 2011 Australian Open.

The spotlight remains focused on the rivalry for the ages. Federer and Nadal are on course for a shoot-out on Sunday, the 30th of January.

That is, if the drama on court plays out as the script their fans envision.

The No.1 and No.2 seeds have taken different routes to the much expected showdown.

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Federer Vs Nadal: Beauty Against The Beast

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 3, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS) Roger Federer in third round action. US Open Tennis. Day 6. Flushing Meadows, New York. 04.09.10 Photo By Karl Winter Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Nadal and Federer, Federer and Nadal, can we mention one without naming the other?

Once upon a time, there was Roger Federer and the many dwarves. Then arrived Rafael Nadal like a light bulb whose incandescence just shone brighter and brighter. But not so much to eclipse a dwindling Federer but enough to illumine and bathe the ATP  tennis courts – each taking turns at being  sunbeam and  moonbeam.

We have all heard talk about how graceful Federer is on the tennis court, how he is balletic , fluid of motion and a purist’s delight.

We have also lauded Rafa for his continually improving game, noted how his serve has become much more faster and accurate, and exclaimed how he keeps adding facets to his game.

But if you and I were to single out one defining characteristic of these two outstanding protagonists of the modern game, what would it be?

Quote of the day:
In great affairs men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small things they show themselves as they are. – Nicholas Chamfort

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