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Keeping a watchful eye on the big three

The obvious consensus is that the French title is Rafael Nadal's to lose. However, it's clear Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic won't be afraid to battle the Spaniard, if and when the time comes.

Updated: June 5, 2008, 3:28 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Editor's note: During the French Open, ESPN.com will track the highs and lows of the big three -- Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic -- the prohibitive favorites on the men's side.

Thursday, June 5

PARIS -- Confidence is a wonderful thing in tennis.

It can free you to keep swinging for the lines, even when it matters most. It can sustain you in dark times and carry you indefinitely -- as long as it lasts.

Roger Federer, who has been the No. 1-ranked ...

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