Found June 07, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
Nobody deserved a standing ovation more than these two worthy rivals. A Spaniard has reached the Roland Garros final without dropping a set, but his name is not Rafael Nadal.  Here are some key takeaways from two men’s semifinals that compelled and surprised. That was…worthy of two great rivals:  Whereas the Federer-Nadal rivalry has produced a series of spectacular collisions at majors, the Djokovic-Nadal rivalry often has disappointed in that area.  Other than the Australian Open final last year, their classic encounters had unfolded at Masters 1000 tournaments such as Madrid in 2009 or Miami in 2011.  Wimbledon and US Open finals two years ago featured plenty of excellent tennis but not the suspense necessary for a true classic, while the messy, rain-addled final here last year ended in anticlimax.  One or the other of the rivals won the first two sets in all three of those matches, squelching the drama early, and it looked like Nadal might do the same here.  But the seesaw battl...
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