Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal & The Back Story To The Greatest Rivalries In Tennis

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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal & The Back Story To The Greatest Rivalries In Tennis
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Rivalries: All sports have them. They help to raise the game, and define eras historically. They give us someone to cheer for and occasionally someone to hate. What would the Yankees be without the Red Sox, or Ali without Frasier?

Tennis is famous for its rivalries, but some of tennis’s best rivalries were great in ways that took them beyond the rectangular white lined court. Here are eight of the greatest rivalries, famous not only for their competitiveness but for their effect on the sport as a whole.

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