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Weighing the top performers, Slam-style

Updated: December 23, 2010, 9:15 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

The men's season-ending championship ended, fittingly, with No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal facing No. 2 Roger Federer. It was a rare treat; the last time it happened in the year's final match was 24 years ago, when No. 1 Ivan Lendl defeated No. 2 Boris Becker.

In his 22nd meeting with Nadal, Federer was the better, more aggressive player. But taking the season as a whole, Nadal's three major titles made him the best player on the planet. Where, in the scheme of things, should ...

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