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When will Roger Federer get a real win over Rafael Nadal?
Federer beat Nadal a year ago on clay right in Madrid. But most would say Nadal would wiped out from a 4-hour victory the day before.

Federer also beat Nadal on clay in Hamburg a few years ago. But again, Nadal was exhausted from all the tournaments he played and he had that precious 81-match win streak hanging over his head.

So Federer again lost to Nadal in Madrid when Rafa was feeling good. The match wasn’t the best the two have played, far from it, but it was entertaining to see the two legends mix it up again.

Looking at the French, Nadal’s win makes his the runaway favorite to win his fifth Roland Garros title. Federer’s back but he could revert to his poor play at any moment and get bounced.

The results do shape up for a good French Open. I just wish players like Juan Martin Del Potro, Nikolay Davydenko and David Nalbandian were playing. Too bad.

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A mild surprise today from the Indian Wells desert when former champion and current World No. 2 Novak Djokovic was beaten in straight sets by Ivan Ljubicic.

Djokovic had been the hottest player on the ATP circuit after a Dubai title, two Davis Cup wins and two more wins in the desert, but that 9-match win streak all went to pot today against the big-serving Croatian veteren.

Djokovic will now rest – he allegedly had some allergy problems and felt the affects of all that tennis – for a few days and get ready for the Miami Sony event which begins a week from today.

Rafael Nadal also won in three sets beating back the Big Tree, John Isner. Nadal was in control for most of the match until a poor service game when the 4-time French champion hit consecutive double faults and then made a careless unforced error to give Isner a break in the second set.

But Nadal broke Isner in the third and cruised to the win. Nadal won the title at Indian Wells last year.

Marcos Baghdatis, a surprise winner over Roger Federer, had no left emotionally in a three set loss to Tommy Robredo.

Andy Roddick and Andy Murray play later on tonight.

Robin Soderling also won trouncing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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I forget to mention. Amid off the post-Australian Open hubbub, Serb Novak Djokovic leaped to a new career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world.

Djokovic last a tough match in the quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but he did play well for much of the Australian Open until that fateful showdown with the Frenchman. I just hope Novak and his team can take care of whatever ailments he had as No. 1 is now within reach.

Roger Federer was the big winner beating Andy Murray. Poor Rafael Nadal who had to retire in the quarterfinals to the Scot with another case of bad knees. Like Novak, I hope that the Spaniard can get his health right once and for all.

Congrats also to Serena Williams for her win over Justine Henin. Serena’s looking really fit and good this year. I wonder if Justine will beat her!

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Can you believe, the 2010 pro tennis season is starting in just about a week. The year kicks off with events in Abu Dhabi – an exo! – plus the Hopman Cup, Brisbane, Doha and I’m sure I left another out.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play in Abu Dhabi. I know Andy Roddick, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters are signed up for Brisbane, so that should be quite the event.

As for the off season, I guess not much of one if you are a top tennis player. Unlike his peers, Roddick actually had a few months off. I know he banged up his left knee in Shanghai, but consider the guy’s season ended in mid-October so he should be fresh for the upcoming New Year.

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The ATP ruled this past week that the defunct Indianapolis tournament would be moved to Atlanta.

One has to wonder, does the summer ATP circuit really need a tournament in Atlanta? I say no. There are enough events as it is in the U.S. – I know the USTA who took a chunk of the tournament  will argue otherwise of course – and the players are already on the warpath of the schedule being too long.

Without Atlanta the tour would get a week off in the middle of July, and while it wouldn’t directly impact the length of the season, down the road in a few years perhaps that open week would get swallowed up allowing the summer to shrink by one overall week and maybe the tour ends a week earlier.

With Atlanta, it adds one more obstacle in the ATP’s effort to reduce the schedule. But young American and B-level players like Robby Ginepri, Kevin Kim, John Isner and James Blake have to be thrilled about having another chance to pick up ranking points.

I just wonder who many fans will want to see those guys play (sorry fans, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are not going to play!) in the sweltering mid-summer heat of Atlanta.

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