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This one stings for Federer

Rafael Nadal's Australian Open title not only left Roger Federer weeping in despair, it also marked a critical juncture in their rivalry.

Originally Published: February 1, 2009
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Rafael Nadal punched the pause button on Roger Federer's bid to make history Sunday, but no one should overlook how much history of his own he made in the process.

Before Sunday's Australian Open final, it seemed ludicrous to imagine that any match could be a worthy sequel to their last meeting in the 2008 Wimbledon final. But moments after the second consecutive five-set classic between the two ended 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2 in Nadal's favor, making ...

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