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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25: Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand in his fourth round match against Lukasz Kubot of Poland during day eight of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
This time last year, Rafael Nadal headed to Paris from Rome with a bewildered and somewhat hurt expression on his face. For the second straight week, he had been outplayed on red clay by Novak Djokovic. The beatings Nadal had taken in the finals of the ATP Masters Series events at Indian Wells and Miami earlier in the year had not pleased him, but he could live with those. They had been on hard courts, the Serb's favorite surface. But clay? Rafa was supposed to be the King of Clay, but he had been beaten at his own game by a relentless retriever who had become a more potent attacking force who was piling victory upon victory. Djokovic was becoming unstoppable. Now, 12 months later, the situation is very different. By this stage last year, Djokovic was unbeaten and already had seven titles under his belt. Nadal had two. So far in 2012, Nadal has won three titles in eight tournaments, Djokovic only two in seven. From Djokovic's point of view, there was nothing much to worry about a...
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