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French Open 2013

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Spain's Rafael Nadal is about to kiss the trophy after winning against compatriot David Ferrer in three sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-3, in the final of the French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. (Sunday June 9, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

Rafael Nadal defeated Spain's David Ferrer to win his eighth French Open title Sunday. Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova for the women's title Saturday.

Spain's Rafael Nadal is about to kiss the
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Spain's Rafael Nadal is about to kiss the trophy after winning against compatriot David Ferrer in three sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-3, in the final of the French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. (Sunday June 9, 2013)

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates as he wins the
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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates as he wins the 2013 French tennis Open final against Spain's David Ferrer at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. (June 9, 2013)

Spain's David Ferrer falls as he defeats France's
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Spain's David Ferrer falls as he defeats France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during their semifinal match at the French Open. (June 7, 2013)

Spain's David Ferrer celebrates defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of
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Spain's David Ferrer celebrates defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in their semifinal match at the French Open. (June 7, 2013)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France serves against Spain's David
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France serves against Spain's David Ferrer during their semifinal match at the French Open. (June 7, 2013)

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reacts during his semifinal match
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France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reacts during his semifinal match against Spain's David Ferrer at the French Open. (June 7, 2013)

David Ferrer of Spain plays a forehand during
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David Ferrer of Spain plays a forehand during his semi-final match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France at the French Open. (June 7, 2013)

Spain's David Ferrer returns against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of
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Spain's David Ferrer returns against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during their semifinal match at the French Open. (June 7, 2013)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France returns against Spain's David
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France returns against Spain's David Ferrer during their semifinal match at the French Open. (June 7, 2013)

A ray of sunlight hits the French flag
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A ray of sunlight hits the French flag as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France plays against Spain's David Ferrer during their semifinal match at the French Open. (June 7, 2013)

Spain's David Ferrer returns against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of
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Spain's David Ferrer returns against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during their semifinal match at the French Open. (June 7, 2013)

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns the ball to Spain's
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France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns the ball to Spain's David Ferrer during their semifinal match at the French Open. (June 7, 2013)

Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts shortly before defeating Serbia's
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Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts shortly before defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament. (June 7, 2013)

Spain's Rafael Nadal, left, and Serbia's Novak Djokovic
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Spain's Rafael Nadal, left, and Serbia's Novak Djokovic change sides during their French Open semifinal match. (June 7, 2013)

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning against Serbia's Novak
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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning against Serbia's Novak Djokovic in their semifinal match at the French Open. (June 7, 2013)

Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after missing a shot
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Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after missing a shot against Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their French Open semifinal match. (June 7, 2013)

Spain's Rafael Nadal gestures after a point against
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Spain's Rafael Nadal gestures after a point against Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their French Open semifinal match. (June 7, 2013)

Novak Djokovic of Serbia wipes his face with
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia wipes his face with a towel during his French Open semifinal match against Rafael Nadal of Spain. (June 7, 2013)

Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts shortly before defeating Serbia's
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Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts shortly before defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their semifinal match of the French Open. (June 7, 2013)

Serbia's Novak Djokovic clenches his fist after wining
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic clenches his fist after wining the fourth set against Spain's Rafael Nadal in their semifinal match at the French Open. (June 7, 2013)

Spain's Rafael Nadal gestures as he defeats Serbia's
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Spain's Rafael Nadal gestures as he defeats Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their semifinal match of the French Open. (June 7, 2013)

USA's Serena Williams celebrates after winning against Italy's
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USA's Serena Williams celebrates after winning against Italy's Sara Errani during their French Open semifinal match. (June 6, 2013)

Serena Williams celebrates match point of her semifinal
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Serena Williams celebrates match point of her semifinal match against Sara Errani of Italy during the French Open. (June 6, 2013)

Serena Williams shakes hands with Sara Errani of
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Serena Williams shakes hands with Sara Errani of Italy after their semifinal match during the French Open. (June 6, 2013)

Sara Errani of Italy plays a backhand during
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Sara Errani of Italy plays a backhand during her semifinal match against Serena Williams during the French Open. (June 6, 2013)

Serena Williams returns a shot to Italy's Sara
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Serena Williams returns a shot to Italy's Sara Errani during their French Open semifinal match. (June 6, 2013)

Serena Williams returns a shot to Italy's Sara
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Serena Williams returns a shot to Italy's Sara Errani during their French Open semifinal match. (June 6, 2013)

Russia's Maria Sharapova, right, and Victoria Azarenka of
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Russia's Maria Sharapova, right, and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus pass each other as rain interrupts their semifinal match at the French Open. (June 6, 2013)

MARIA SHARAPOVA, 26, RUSSIA Ranked: 3, 2013 Match
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MARIA SHARAPOVA, 26, RUSSIA
Ranked: 3, 2013 Match Record: 36-5, Major Titles: 4--Wimbledon ('04), U.S. Open ('06), Australian Open ('08), French Open ('12), Last 5 Wimbledons: '12-4th, '11-F, '10-4th, '09-2nd, '08-2nd
Topspin: Maria Sharapova won her first Grand Slam title as a 17-year-old at Wimbledon, beating Williams in the final. Since then, though, Sharapova has returned to the championship match at the All England Club only once in eight appearances. Sharapova's loss at the French Open final as defending champion was her 13th defeat in a row against Williams. Sharapova trails only Williams on tour this season in percentage of service games won and percentage of first serve points won. Sharapova is only 7-5 against other women ranked in the top 10 this year. (June 6, 2013)

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Employees pull on a protective canvas as rain delays the semifinal match between Russia's Maria Sharapova and Belarus' Victoria Azarenka during the French Open. (June 6, 2013)

Belarus' Victoria Azarenka serves to Russia's Maria Sharapova
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Belarus' Victoria Azarenka serves to Russia's Maria Sharapova during their semifinal match of the French Open. (June 6, 2013)

MARIA KIRILENKO, 26, RUSSIA Ranked: 10, 2013 Match
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MARIA KIRILENKO, 26, RUSSIA
Ranked: 10, 2013 Match Record: 27-10 (entering Eastbourne tournament), Major Titles: 0--Best: QF, Wimbledon ('12), French Open, ('12), Last 5 Wimbledons: '12-QF, '11-3rd, '10-3rd, '09-2nd, '08-1st
Topspin: Maria Kirilenko reached the quarterfinals at two of the last four major tournaments, the best Grand Slam showings of her career. Kirilenko made her debut in the WTA's top 10 on June 10th, after the French Open. Kirilenko is engaged to NHL star Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, who recently collected his third league-MVP Award. Kirilenko has won about 75 percent of her sevice game in 2012 behind only Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, and has managed to have success holding serve despite hitting more double-faults (110) than aces (96) this season. Kirilenko played at Eastbourne to prepare for Wimbledon. (June 5, 2013)

Russia's Maria Sharapova serves against Serbia's Jelena Jankovic
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Russia's Maria Sharapova serves against Serbia's Jelena Jankovic during their quarterfinal match at the French Open. (June 5, 2013)

Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates after scoring against Serbia's
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Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates after scoring against Serbia's Jelena Jankovic in their quarterfinal match at the French Open. Sharapova won in three sets, 0-6, 6-4, 6-3. (June 5, 2013)

VICTORIA AZARENKA, 23, BELARUS Ranked: 2, 2013 Match
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VICTORIA AZARENKA, 23, BELARUS
Ranked: 2, 2013 Match Record: 27-3, 2013 Singles Titles: 2, Career Singles Titles: 16, Major Titles: 2--Australian Open ('12, '13), Last 5 Wimbledons: '12-SF, '11-SF, '10-3rd, '09-QF, '08-3rd
Topspin: With big groundstrokes and superb returns, Azarenka is clearly capable of a deep run at Wimbledon, where she's made the seminfinals the last two years. Azarenka knows her way to a Grand Slam title, too, winning two in a row in Australia. Azarenka reached at least the semifinals at five of the last six major tournaments, winning 57.1 percent of her return games this season, by far the highest percentage on tour. (June 5, 2013)

Serbia's Jelena Jankovic hits a return against Russia's
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Serbia's Jelena Jankovic hits a return against Russia's Maria Sharapova during their quarterfinal match at the French Open. Sharapova won in three sets, 0-6, 6-4, 6-3. (June 5, 2013)

Spain's Rafael Nadal hits a return against Switzerland's
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Spain's Rafael Nadal hits a return against Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka, defeating him in three sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, in their quarterfinal match at the French Open. (June 5, 2013)

Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka returns the ball to defending
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Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka returns the ball to defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain during their quarterfinal match. (June 5, 2013)

Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating Switzerland's Stanisas
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Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating Switzerland's Stanisas Wawrinka during their quarterfinal match at the French Open. Nadal won 6-2, 6-3, 6-1. (June 5, 2013)

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating Germany's Tommy
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating Germany's Tommy Haas in three sets, 6-3, 7-6, 7-5, in their quarterfinal match at the French Open. (June 5, 2013)

Germany's Tommy Haas returns the ball to Serbia's
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Germany's Tommy Haas returns the ball to Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their quarterfinal match at the French Open. Djokovic won, 6-3, 7-6, 7-5. (June 5, 2013)

Bob, left, and Mike Bryan, right, of the
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Bob, left, and Mike Bryan, right, of the U.S. return a ball against David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco of Spain in their quarterfinal mens doubles match at the French Open. Bob and Mike Bryan won the match, 6-3, 6-4. (June 5, 2013)

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reacts after defeating Switzerland's Roger
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France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reacts after defeating Switzerland's Roger Federer during their quarterfinal match of the French Open. Tsonga won 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. (June 4, 2013)

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga puts his shirt on his
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France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga puts his shirt on his face after defeating Switzerland's Roger Federer in their quarterfinal match of the French Open. Tsonga won 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. (June 4, 2013)

Switzerland's Roger Federer leaves the court after losing
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Switzerland's Roger Federer leaves the court after losing to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in their quarterfinal match of the French Open. Tsonga won 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. (June 4, 2013)

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga raises his hands after defeating
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France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga raises his hands after defeating Switzerland's Roger Federer in their quarterfinal match of the French Open. Tsonga won 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. (June 4, 2013)

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns against Switzerland's during their
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France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns against Switzerland's during their quarterfinal match at the French Open. (June 4, 2013)

View of enter court where Switzerland's Roger Federer
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View of enter court where Switzerland's Roger Federer plays against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during their quarterfinal match at the French Open. (June 4, 2013)

Switzerland's Roger Federer casts a shadow on the
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Switzerland's Roger Federer casts a shadow on the clay as he serves against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during their quarterfinal match at the French Open. (June 4, 2013)

Switzerland's Roger Federer returns against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
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Switzerland's Roger Federer returns against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during their quarterfinal match at the French Open. (June 4, 2013)

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga jumps to return against Switzerland's
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France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga jumps to return against Switzerland's Roger Federer during their quarterfinal match at the French Open. (June 4, 2013)

Switzerland's Roger Federer serves to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
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Switzerland's Roger Federer serves to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during their quarterfinal match at the French Open. (June 4, 2013)

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns against Switzerland's Roger Federer
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France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns against Switzerland's Roger Federer during their quarterfinal match at the French Open tennis tournament. (June 4, 2013)

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga puts his racket to his
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France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga puts his racket to his head in his quarterfinal match against Switzerland's Roger Federer at the French Open. Tsonga won in three sets 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. (June 4, 2013)

Switzerland's Roger Federer passes France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during
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Switzerland's Roger Federer passes France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during their quarterfinal match of the French Open. (June 4, 2013)

Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts as he plays France's
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Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts as he plays France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during their quarterfinal match of the French Open. (June 4, 2013)

Switzerland's Roger Federer returns the ball to France's
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Switzerland's Roger Federer returns the ball to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during their quarterfinal match of the French Open. (June 4, 2013)

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns the ball to Switzerland's
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France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns the ball to Switzerland's Roger Federer during their quarterfinal match of the French Open. (June 4, 2013)

Switzerland's Roger Federer wipes his face as he
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Switzerland's Roger Federer wipes his face as he plays France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during their quarterfinal match of the French Open. (June 4, 2013)

Switzerland's Roger Federer returns the ball to France's
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Switzerland's Roger Federer returns the ball to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during their quarterfinal match of the French Open. (June 4, 2013)

Switzerland's Roger Federer serves the ball to France's
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Switzerland's Roger Federer serves the ball to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during their quarterfinal match of the French Open. (June 4, 2013)

during their quarterfinal match of the French Open
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during their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Tuesday, June 4, 2013 in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Spain's Rafael Nadal blows out the candles on
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Spain's Rafael Nadal blows out the candles on his birthday cake as he celebrates his 27th birthday on center court after defeating Japan's Kei Nishikori in three sets 6-4, 6-1, 6-3, in their fourth round match at the French Open. (June 3, 2013)

The defending champion, Spain's Rafael Nadal, waves at
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The defending champion, Spain's Rafael Nadal, waves at the crowd with his bithday cake on the center court after defeating Japan's Kei Nishikori in their fourth round match of the French Open. Nadal, who turned 27, won 6-4, 6-1, 6-3. (June 3, 2013)

Serena Williams celebrates a point during her Women's
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Serena Williams celebrates a point during her Women's Singles Quarter-Final match against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia on day ten of the French Open. (June 4, 2013)

Serena Williams plays a forehand during her Women's
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Serena Williams plays a forehand during her Women's Singles Quarter-Final match against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia on day ten of the French Open. (June 4, 2013)

Serena Williams plays a forehand during her Women's
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Serena Williams plays a forehand during her Women's Singles Quarter-Final match against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia on day ten of the French Open. (June 4, 2013)

Serbia's Jelena Jankovic bites her racket as she
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Serbia's Jelena Jankovic bites her racket as she plays Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova during their first-round match of the French Open. (May 28, 2013)

Stadium employees clear water from center court while
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Stadium employees clear water from center court while matches were delayed because of the rain at the French Open. (May 28, 2013)

Spectators sit under umbrellas at center court as
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Spectators sit under umbrellas at center court as matches were delayed because of rain at the French Open at Roland Garros Stadium. (May 28, 2013)

Serena Williams returns the ball to Georgia's Anna
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Serena Williams returns the ball to Georgia's Anna Tatishvili during their first-round match of the French Open. (May 26, 2013)

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball during a
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Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball during a training session for the 2013 French Open. (May 25, 2013)

Serena Williams returns against Georgia's Anna Tatishvili during
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Serena Williams returns against Georgia's Anna Tatishvili during their first-round match of the French Open. (May 26, 2013)

Defending champion Rafael Nadal reaches for the ball
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Defending champion Rafael Nadal reaches for the ball as he plays Germany's Daniel Brands during their first-round match of the French Open. (May 27, 2013)

Switzerland's Roger Federer returns the ball against Spain's
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Switzerland's Roger Federer returns the ball against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta during their first-round match of the French Open. (May 26, 2013)

Puerto Rico's Monica Puig raises her arms after
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Puerto Rico's Monica Puig raises her arms after defeating Russia's Nadia Petrova during their first-round match of the French Open. (May 26, 2013)

Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene serves the ball to France's
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Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene serves the ball to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during their first-round match of the French Open. (May 27, 2013)

JO-WILFRIED TSONGA, 28, FRANCE Ranked: 7, 2013 Match
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JO-WILFRIED TSONGA, 28, FRANCE
Ranked: 7, 2013 Match Record: 29-10, Major Titles: 0--Best: F, at Australian Open ('08), Last 5 Wimbledons: '12-SF, '11-SF, '10-QF, '09-3rd, '08-DNP
Topspin: Tsonga upset Federer in the quarterfinals of the French Open this year, and did the same thing at the same stage at Wimbledon in 2011. Tsonga's game has matured under the tutelage of coach Roger Rasheed, who used to work with two-time major champion Lleyton Hewitt. Tsonga has a big serve, a big forehand, and general court coverage that works well on grass courts, but is he ready to take the next step after two consecutive semifinal appearances at the All England Club? (May 27, 2013)

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Germany's
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Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Germany's Daniel Brands during their first-round match of the French Open. (May 27, 2013)

Rafael Nadal reacts after a winning point against
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Rafael Nadal reacts after a winning point against Germany's Daniel Brands during their first-round match of the French Open. (May 27, 2013)

Spain's Rafael Nadal serves against Germany's Daniel Brands
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Spain's Rafael Nadal serves against Germany's Daniel Brands during their first-round match of the French Open. (May 27, 2013)

France's Gael Monfils reacts shortly before defeating Czech
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France's Gael Monfils reacts shortly before defeating Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych during their first-round match of the French Open. (May 27, 2013)

Russia's Maria Sharapova serves against Su-Wei Hsieh of
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Russia's Maria Sharapova serves against Su-Wei Hsieh of Taipei during their first-round match of the French Open. (May 27, 2013)

Russia's Maria Sharapova greets spectators after defeating Su-Wei
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Russia's Maria Sharapova greets spectators after defeating Su-Wei Hsieh of Taipei during their first-round match of the French Open. (May 28, 2013)

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