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Novak Djokovic bumps Rafael Nadal out as man to beat at French Open

Novak Djokovic bumps Rafael Nadal out as man to beat at French Open

For years and years — a full decade, in fact — Rafael Nadal ruled the French Open the way no one had ever dominated any Grand Slam tennis tournament, winning 66 of 67 matches and collecting nine championships, including the last five in a row. This season, his far-poorer-than-usual results on red clay and acknowledged crisis of confidence are generating talk that his reign at Roland Garros might be about to end. When the season's second major tournament begins Sunday, the lefty from Spain will not be the favorite, despite what he's done in the past. Instead, Novak Djokovic is considered the man to beat, as he bids to complete a career Grand Slam and extend a...

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