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Serena, Novak, Rafa on a roller coaster

The Aussie Open sets sail several questions and few answers for Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, writes Bonnie D. Ford.

Originally Published: February 3, 2009
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- We've just concluded two weeks of what you might call Australian rules tennis. Only those who were fit and in top-notch psychological shape prospered in the literal and figurative crucible of the first Grand Slam of 2009.

Newly crowned champion Rafael Nadal outgutted Roger Federer on hard court, the last frontier of their rivalry. Serena Williams' Slam count clicked over into double digits, with no end in sight, and she and sister Venus added a doubles ...

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