Rome was Federer's first final this year, it was Nadal's eighth, having swept aside Tomas Berdych a day after the big-serving Czech stunned world number one Novak Djokovic in the quarters.
The motive of the attacker was that as an ardent admirer of Steffi Graf, he had been irritated that Seles had usurped the German in the world rankings.
The 21-year-old Bulgarian, a former Wimbledon and US Open junior champion, had been making more headlines for his reported romantic links with Serena Williams and then Maria Sharapova rather than his achievements on court.
Nadal looks slimmer than before, and his powerful forehand appeared to be recovering faster than his serve and backhand.
Leander Paes aside, the Indian Davis Cup team is not attracting too much bets against South Korea. The new players in the squad - with backs to the wall - can however make their opportunity count.
Murray's 7-6 (2),6-7 (3), 3-6, 2-6 loss to Djokovic in the Australian Open final was gritty but felt like a step back not a step forward. At this stage of his career, Murray needs to be regularly winning major finals, not just reaching them.
Roger Federer has appeared in 24 men's Grand Slam finals, ten on them on-the-trot. He also appeared in 18 of 19 finals from the 2005 Wimbledon Championships through to the 2010 Australian Open.
Eight-time Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi believes that the sport has reached its peak with the emergence of all-time greats such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
When she took her seat during the changeover, she wrapped a towel stuffed with ice around her neck and was examined by the primary health care provider for the women's tour, Victoria Simpson, and by a tournament doctor, Tim Wood. She then left the court for further treatment, leaving Stephens, in her first Grand Slam semifinal, waiting nearly 10 minutes for the next game.
Even for a tennis player on the world tour, accustomed to traveling through a maze of unfamiliar cultures, Mirza might seem to have an unreal life. There was, for example, a tennis tournament in Kolkata.
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