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The excitement around a Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer final feels so five years ago. The match-up generating words like "blockbuster" is the one on Sunday at Monte Carlo between Nadal and world number one Novak Djokovic.
He huffed and puffed and blew Tsonga's surge down. Rafa and his "champion luck" escape a 3rd set against Tsonga. Courtesy Getty Images.
It will be their 34th meeting (Nadal leads 19-14) and a re-match of last year's final, which Nadal won handily in straight sets.
Fed and Nadal have played fewer matches, just 29, but they're the stuff of awe and history. Nineteen of those matches were finals, including the epic, twice-rain delayed 2008 Wimbledon championship match that Nadal won in the dark.
But those legendary Rafa-Rog moments appear to be waning.