Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 1/28/12
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The cream rises and, in men's tennis at the moment, it just stays there. When Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal walk out onto the court at Rod Laver Arena to play the Australian Open men's final on Sunday, they will be doing what comes naturally. Over the past five-plus years, encompassing 21 Grand Slams, fourteen finals have been contested between members of the most exclusive club in sports -- the world's top four male tennis players. Only Robin Soderling, currently off the tour because of illness, has managed to gate-crash the party more than once by reaching consecutive French Open finals. Juan Martin del Potro -- the only outsider to win a title, at the US Open in 2009 -- Andy Roddick, Tomas Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Fernando Gonzalez are the others who have briefly supplanted Nadal, Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray. Djokovic, the current world No. 1, will be appearing in his fifth final out of the past six Grand Slam events; Nadal in his seventh out of the past ei...
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