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Tennis' Old Standbys in New Roles

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These are strange times for the two most famous rivals in men's tennis.

After years of dominating the game's top-drawer events and rewriting the record books, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are starting down unusual paths that they hope will lead to more Grand Slam titles.

Nadal, who missed 222 days with a knee injury after losing in the second round of Wimbledon last year, continues his comeback in Acapulco, Mexico, this week. Except his knee still hurts, and there's a chance he'll decide to skip one or both of the upcoming hard-court events in Indian Wells, Calif., where he has won two singles titles and two doubles titles, and in Miami,...

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