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Fed vs. Nadal

'Think offense' movement in tennis could make life difficult for Roger Federer

The game is changing before our eyes, and that's why Roger Federer is hardly a lock to dominate the grass season again.

Rafael Nadal is not only the King of Clay, he's the GOAT

Call Rafael Nadal the King of Clay if you choose, but the numbers say that is a vast understatement.

Federer: Winning return to tennis wasn't as easy

Roger Federer revealed he suffered with the playing conditions during his Mercedes Cup win over Mischa Zverev.

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French Open

Same result, different day for French Open champion Rafael Nadal

It certainly doesn't surprise us that Rafael Nadal continues to dominate the French Open, but that doesn't mean this one, his 11th championship in Paris, wasn't special.

Rafa reigns supreme for an 11th time in Paris

ESPN's Nicolas Pereira breaks down Rafael Nadal's record 11th French Open title following his win in straight sets over Austria's Dominic Thiem.

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Nadal: 11th title still very emotional for me

Although he's won a record 11 French Open titles, Rafael Nadal explains why the emotion and passion of victory still get the best of him.

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ICYMI: Rafa rolls to another title

ICYMI at French Open: Rafael Nadal continues old-man domination trend on tour

In with the old, out with the new. It's not supposed to be that way, unless it's the ATP Tour and your names are Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

By the numbers: Rafael Nadal 86-2 at Roland Garros

Here are some of the numbers from Rafael Nadal's clay-court season, which culminated in the Spaniard winning a record 11th French Open title on Sunday.

Thiem: This wasn't my last Grand Slam final

Dominic Thiem remained upbeat after his first Grand Slam final and praised Rafael Nadal after the Spaniard's historic 11th French Open title win.

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Nadal's thoughts

Halep wins French Open

Simona Halep always expected to be a Grand Slam champ, and now she is

You know what they say about the longer you wait, the more it means. Simona Halep found that out by winning the French Open, her first major title.

A few tactical changes made all the difference for Simona Halep

Simona Halep was losing badly in Saturday's French Open final, and that was probably the best thing that could have happened to her.

Halep wins 2018 French Open

ESPN's Nicolas Pereira recaps World No. 1 Simona Halep's first Grand Slam title after she defeated Sloane Stephens in the 2018 French Open.

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Stephens falls in French Open final

Sloane Stephens takes jab at media

Following her French Open defeat to Simona Halep, Sloane Stephens gave the media a reminder of her achievements in Paris.

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Even in defeat, there's no doubt Sloane Stephens has arrived

It might be a while before another American can claim her spot at the top -- even an American named Williams

ICYMI @ Roland Garros

ICYMI at French Open: Simona Halep finally has the big trophy

Phew! Take a breath, Simona Halep. You can finally call yourself a Grand Slam champ.

Watch: Best of women's final

Halep: I've been dreaming of this moment

Simona Halep explains how she feels, after beating Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to win her first Grand Slam at the French Open.

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Halep wins 2018 French Open

ESPN's Nicolas Pereira recaps World No. 1 Simona Halep's first Grand Slam title after she defeated Sloane Stephens in the 2018 French Open.

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Sloane Stephens takes jab at media

Following her French Open defeat to Simona Halep, Sloane Stephens gave the media a reminder of her achievements in Paris.

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French Open: Day 11

Maria Sharapova's French Open return ends in muted fashion

Maria Sharapova's first French Open in three years ended in an abrupt quarterfinal defeat to Garbine Muguruza, who solidified her own title credentials ahead of a world No. 1 showdown with Simona Halep.

ICYMI at French Open: Simona Halep and service with a smile

Simona Halep promised to embrace all emotions on court at the French Open. So far for the world No. 1, it's been all smiles.

Novak Djokovic ousted again

Novak Djokovic's revival stalls at unexpected juncture

Novak Djokovic changed everything and changed it back again after his quarterfinal exit at the 2017 French Open. But a year later, the 12-time Grand Slam winner finds himself stymied at the same point.

Out of nowhere, Marco Cecchinato now on road to somewhere

The unseeded Italian didn't break into the world's top 100 until last November, and now he has eliminated Novak Djokovic at the French Open.

Angry Djokovic may miss Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic gave a bad-tempered press conference after losing in the quarter finals of the French Open and suggested he may miss Wimbledon.

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Serena Withdraws

Serena: 'Super exciting' news regarding injury

Serena Williams was upbeat after seeing a doctor about her chest muscle injury, and she is awaiting MRI results to confirm "super exciting" news.

From buzz to buzzkill: Serena's injury spoils showdown against Sharapova

What could have been. Serena Williams' last-second withdrawal Monday at the French Open precluded us of the next chapter in her rivalry against Maria Sharapova.

Serena: 'Right now, I can't actually serve'

Serena Williams expresses her disappointment about a pectoral injury that has forced her to withdraw from the French Open.

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Reax: Serena pulls out of French Open

A look at Serena Williams' recent timeline, courtesy ESPN Stats & Info.

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The Long Clay Season

Does the clay-court season take up too much of the tennis calendar?

It seems like the clay swing goes on forever, and the truth is, it's not a short stretch by any means. It's time to switch things up.

ITALIAN OPEN

Svitolina, Rafa in top form, but not all French Open contenders can say the same

We're getting close to the start of the French Open, and some players should be feeling good about their chances. As for others (ahem, Muguruza), there's work to be done.

Nadal wins eighth Rome crown in thrilling final

Rafael Nadal will head Roland Garros as the new world No. 1 after he claimed a record-extending eighth Italian Open title.

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Catching up with Osaka

Osaka on beating Serena and skydiving dreams

Rising tennis star Naomi Osaka talks about her impressive 2018 so far and her speech that she calls the "worst of all time."

Tiafoe time

Why Frances Tiafoe could be the last American standing at the French Open

He's got game, and he digs clay. Frances Tiafoe has every reason to believe he will thrive once Roland Garros rolls around.

Reax: Rafa rolls

Nadal takes the plunge after Barcelona win

Rafael Nadal celebrated his 11th title at the Barcelona Open by taking a shirtless-plunge into a swimming pool with the tournament's ball boys and girls.

State of U.S. tennis

U.S., Croatia, Spain, France to Davis Cup semis

The United States will take on Croatia in its first Davis Cup semifinals since 2012, with Spain matching up against France on the other side of the bracket.

Finally, an optimistic forecast for American tennis in 2018

The season could not have started off any worse for the Americans, but something clicked at the Miami Open, and suddenly the red, white and blue are shining bright.

A winner's trophy, a slice of pizza and a day to remember for Sloane Stephens

From victory lane at the Miami Open to her favorite pizza joint, perhaps for the final time, it was quite a day for Sloane Stephens.

Roger Federer

When did Roger Federer discover his dominance?

Roger Federer made this discovery in the 2004 U.S. Open final against Lleyton Hewitt, he discloses to writer Michael Steinberger. This is the never-before-told oral history of that moment.

Why Roger Federer might not be the best example for fellow players to follow

Word to the wise: Just because Roger Federer has thrived since a long hiatus from the tennis court doesn't mean other players will. Just look at Novak Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic's moment of dominance

In the past 10 years, Novak Djokovic has won 12 majors and 68 tournaments, seventh most in the Open era. Author Nathan Hill explores the 2011 forehand winner that defines the Djoker's now-storied career.

The Dominant 20

The Dominant 20: Usain Bolt, the 10th most dominant athlete of our time

He's a six-time IAAF Athlete of the Year, eight-time Olympic gold medalist and world-record holder in the 100 and 200 meters. Not bad! ESPN's Anthony Olivieri runs some other numbers on the fastest man in history.

The Dominant 20

In celebration of ESPN The Magazine's 20th anniversary, Peter Keating's crunched the numbers to find the most dominant athletes of our time.

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