Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and How the Men's Field Stacks Up

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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and How the Men's Field Stacks Up
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Despite what the rankings say, Novak Djokovic is currently the best tennis player in the world.

His 37-0 start to the 2011 season includes a 4-0 mark against world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, with all of the meetings coming in tournament finals and two coming on the clay of Madrid and Rome.

In fact, Djokovic didn't even drop a set in the two matches on Nadal's favorite surface.

But the French Open is a different story. Can the Serb continue his magical run and beat the five-time and defending Roland Garros champ in a best-of-five match on the red clay of Paris?

That's the matchup everyone is looking to see.

But don't forget about 2009 champ Roger Federer. The 16-time Grand Slam winner hasn't really had a great clay-court season, losing to Jurgen Melzer in straight sets in the quarters of Monte Carlo and coming up short in a tightly contested Round of 16 match against Richard Gasquet in Rome.

Federer's best result came in Madrid, where he ousted No. 5 Robin Soderling in straight sets before going the distance but falling to Nadal in the semis. Still, Federer has a tendency to step up his game in the majors.

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