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Why the 52nd edition of Nadal-Djokovic could be an all-timer

Posted On: Jul 12, 2018   |   Posted By: TheScore

Why the 52nd edition of Nadal-Djokovic could be an all-timer

Dreams of a 2008 redux at Wimbledon may have been quashed, but don't let that kill your appetite for golden-age tennis nostalgia. No, we won't get a Rafa Nadal-Roger Federer final a decade after they authored what many consider the greatest men's tennis match of all time on Centre Court. But we will get another chapter in a different storied rivalry that has, at its best, been every bit as good. Nadal and Novak Djokovic will square off for the 52nd time in the semifinals Friday, adding to what was already, by far, the most prolific head-to-head of all time. They could not have played each other closer to a draw in their first 51 meetings, with Djokovic winning 26 to Nadal's 25. And those 51 meetings have included some of the most intense, grueling, high-quality matches we've ever seen. Recall the 2012 Australian Open final, in which both guys seemed to get stronger as the marathon match went on, as it pushed deep into a fifth set and inched toward an unprecedented seventh hour; or the hypnotic third set of...

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