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French foursome remains fearsome

The latest generation of Frenchmen on the ATP Tour is unassailably gifted, but wildly unpredictable. While each has a tragic flaw, together they pack quite a collective punch.

Updated: January 22, 2009, 12:05 PM ET
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- They have been dubbed "Les Nouveaux Mousquetaires": the new musketeers of French tennis.

There's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the "confident" one. Gael Monfils, the "amazing" one. Gilles Simon, the "smart" one. And Richard Gasquet, the "nice" one.

The French hope that this is the start of a renaissance, a modest throwback to the days when the "Four Musketeers" ruled tennis in the 1920s and early 1930s. The quartet of Rene Lacoste, Henri Cochet, Jean Borotra and ...

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