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Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams enter French Open on hot streak

PARIS - The French Open used to be the scene for clay-court specialists and surprise champions.Scan the list of past winners and runners-up: There's Gaston Gaudio and Albert Costa, Guillermo Coria...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2013-05-25/rafael-nadal-serena-
Federer says Djokovic deserves to be world's No. 1

...to earn a playoff spot in September.Federer and 15th-ranked Stanislas Wawrinka are heavily favored to beat clay-court specialists Frederico Gil and Rui Machado, ranked 90th and 93rd respectively, in Friday's opening singles."One thing...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2011-07-05/federer-says-djokovi
Martin narrowly avoids shutout

MELBOURNE, Australia - Alberto Martin couldn't save the match, so he saved face. The veteran clay-court specialist finally held his serve on Tuesday in a first-round match against Andy Murray to avoid a shutout. Martin was...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/01/17/oth_112786.shtml
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Spain-Australia split as Davis Cup starts on wrong note

...you want to get off to a good start. I just played faultless tennis and laid it all on the line." Moya, a clay-court specialist, last played on grass courts at Wimbledon in 2000 when he lost to champion Goran Ivanisevic. He has pulled out...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/11/29/oth_396550.shtml
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Roddick loses at Italian Open

...12th-seeded Rainer Schuettler of Germany defeated Wayne Ferreira of South Africa 7-6 (4), 6-2. Spanish clay-court specialist Felix Mantilla beat Mardy Fish of the United States 6-4, 6-3; Ferrer fell to Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic 6-2...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/05/08/oth_372066.shtml
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Davenport wins first Slam match of year

...the French, lost in the first round at Toronto and second round at Cincinnati after returning to the tour. The clay-court specialist advanced against Norman, who is still trying to regain his form after hip surgery sidelined him for six months...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/08/27/oth_355202.shtml
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French flop redux: Sampras loses in first round in Paris

...of Germany 6-3, 6-3. Even beleaguered Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson looked good, dispatching clay-court specialist Franco Squillari 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-2 just a few days after worrying aloud about burnout. Besides Sampras...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/05/28/oth_348064.shtml
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Top-ranked Hewitt, defending champ Ferrero looses

...first round. "He's got a good first serve and gets a lot of cheap points off it," Hewitt said. "A lot of clay-court specialists just try to start the point with their serve. He's got a good chance at the French." Ferrero, who won at...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/05/09/oth_343844.shtml
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Sampras loses in first round in Rome

...slow surface which tends to dull his stinging serve and volleys - Sampras hired Spanish coach Jose Higueras, a clay-court specialist, earlier this year. One of Sampras' best showings on clay came in Rome in 1994, when he won the Italian Open...

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Agassi, Safin, Roddick win first-round matches

...fell 6-4, 6-4 to Markus Hipfl. Thirteen-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras was to play another Spanish clay-court specialist, Felix Mantilla, on Tuesday. The tournament features nearly all the top players in the world, including Gustavo...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/05/07/oth_343491.shtml
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