What's next in the Federer-Nadal rivalry?

Updated: August 28, 2009, 10:44 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

It was only two years ago that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal met in a gimmicky exhibition match on a half-grass, half-clay court on Nadal's home turf of Mallorca, Spain. The idea may have been contrived, but it also mapped out what we thought we had -- a neatly defined coexistence in which each man was supreme within his own rectangle.

Now it's clear that we completely underestimated both of these players when we assigned each a designated patch of earth. Federer and Nadal began poaching ...

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