2011 French Open Preview Starts in Rome: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal in Action

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2011 French Open Preview Starts in Rome: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal in Action
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As we head into the 2011 French Open, the men’s battle for the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings rages on in Rome.  No one except Swiss Roger Federer and Majorcan Rafael Nadal has owned the No. 1 ranking since Federer seized it from Andy Roddick in February of 2004––over seven years ago.

Now the wily Serb Novak Djokovic is nipping at the clay master’s heels, making Nadal uneasy as the top seeds head into action today.  Currently leading Djokovic by 1,805 points, Djokovic could dethrone Nadal by winning in Rome IF Nadal fails to advance to the semifinals.

Today’s major action pits the No. 1 seed Nadal against Paolo Lorenzi of Italy.  The No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic must face qualifier Lukasz Kubot of Poland.

The toughest of the match-ups comes as the No. 3 seed Roger Federer must do battle with France’s own Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.   No picnic for the Swiss today.

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