US Open Tennis 2011: 10 Greatest Tennis Rivalries in the Modern Era

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US Open Tennis 2011: 10 Greatest Tennis Rivalries in the Modern Era
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What makes a great rivalry? In athletic competition, it pits two great opponents against one another time after time in epic contests. The resulting battles must be meaningful––for the brass ring symbolized as a championship or the top spot in his or her respective sport.

The combatants should be different in attitude, in style of play and in temperament so there is a clear delineation between the two––creating fans as diametrically opposed as the players.

In tennis, the great rivalries have moved the sport forward, creating world-wide interest as people tuned in to watch to see which player would be victorious this time.

Time after time, fans waited and watched with bated breath as the final moments of their pivotal matches wound down.

Here are the top 10 rivalries in the modern era of tennis that helped shaped the game as it we know it today.

Some of these rivals continue to play on the world stage––even this week during the 2011 US Open...

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