A rivalry Americans can get behind

Brad Gilbert explains why a rivalry that involves two foreign players will be one American fans can get excited about.

Updated: May 24, 2006, 1:58 PM ET
By Brad Gilbert | Special to ESPN.com

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the ATP Tour. Federer won the Australian Open in January, and if he wins the French Open, he will own all four Grand Slam titles at the same time (he won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year).

Federer is 38-3 in 2006, with all three losses coming against 19-year-old Nadal.

Federer-Nadal has the potential to be a great rivalry. I also think it's the first time the American public can accept a rivalry that doesn't ...

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