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Federer and Nadal meet again

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will renew their rivalry at the Australian Open this week. Federer, who got by fourth-seeded Andy Murray, is experiencing a revival this year, after a terrible 2013. But will he be able to get by his longtime nemesis, Nadal, who was pushed by Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals?

  • Who will win this Australian Open men's semifinal match?

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  • Who are you rooting for in the Australian Open semifinal?

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  • Who will finish with more career grand slam singles titles?

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  • Will Roger Federer win at least one grand slam singles title in 2014?

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  • Which rivalry is the best in the history of men's tennis?

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  • Who will win this Australian Open women's semifinal match?

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Serena Williams enters the 2013 US Open as the tournament's top seed with hopes of winning back-to-back titles at Flushing Meadows for the first time in her career. Standing in her way will be a host of talent including last year's runner-up and this year's No. 2 seed, Victoria Azarenka. Who will win the final Grand Slam of the season? Set your rankings!

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U.S. Open women's contenders

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka

WTA ranking: 2
U.S. Open seed: 2

Sara Errani

Sara Errani

WTA ranking: 5
U.S. Open seed: 4

Jelena Jankovic

Jelena Jankovic

WTA ranking: 11
U.S. Open seed: 9

Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber

WTA ranking: 10
U.S. Open seed: 8

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova

WTA ranking: 9
U.S. Open seed: 7

Li Na

Li Na

WTA ranking: 6
U.S. Open seed: 5

Agnieszka Radwanska

Agnieszka Radwanska

WTA ranking: 4
U.S. Open seed: 3

Roberta Vinci

Roberta Vinci

WTA ranking: 12
U.S. Open seed: 10

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

WTA ranking: 1
U.S. Open seed: 1

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki

WTA ranking: 8
U.S. Open seed: 6

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French Open finals

Serena Williams will take on Maria Sharapova in the women's final at the French Open, while David Ferrer will try to break Rafael Nadal's dominance in the men's final. Who will win each matchup?

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Nike has always been connected with the world's best athletes, so there's no surprise that Rory McIlroy joined the team. The 23-year-old golfing phenom is said to have signed a nine-figure deal, joining Tiger Woods, Roger Federer and LeBron James as athletes to don the swoosh. But that trio is all over 25 years old. Which athletes 25 and under -- McIlroy's age group -- are the most marketable? Submit your rankings below!

Marketable athletes 25 and under

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka

Age: 23
Sport: Tennis
Notable sponsor: Nike

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Age: 24
League: NBA
Notable sponsor: Nike

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

Age: 23
League: NBA
Notable sponsor: Kia

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

Age: 22
League: NFL
Notable sponsor: Adidas

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper

Age: 20
League: MLB
Notable sponsor: Under Armour

Jon Jones

Jon Jones

Age: 25
Sport: MMA
Notable sponsor: Nike

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

Age: 23
Sport: Golf
Notable sponsor: Nike

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Age: 25
Sport: Soccer
Notable sponsor: Adidas

Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan

Age: 23
Sport: Soccer
Notable sponsor: Nike

Cam Newton

Cam Newton

Age: 23
League: NFL
Notable sponsor: Under Armour

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Age: 24
League: NBA
Notable sponsor: Adidas

Mike Trout

Mike Trout

Age: 21
League: MLB
Notable sponsor: BODYARMOR SuperDrink

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History on the line for Sharapova?

Maria Sharapova owns three Grand Slam titles, good for 15th in the Open era. One more would mean a tie for 12th with Kim Clijsters, among others, while four more would mean top 10.

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The next women's tennis star?

Petra Kvitova won Wimbledon last year. Caroline Wozniacki spent more than 60 weeks ranked No. 1. But is Victoria Azarenka (above) the real rising star in the women's game?

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Sound and fury signifying something?

Azarenka and Sharapova are two of the best players in the sport. They're also two of the loudest. While they may cancel each other out here, does grunting provide an unfair advantage?

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