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el Nadal -- and sometimes both -- appea

LONDON -- Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal -- and sometimes both -- appeared in all 10 Wimbledon finals from 2003-12, combining to claim nine of those titles. Neither made it that far in 2013. Not even close. Federer lost his second match at the All England Club. Nadal exited in the first round, a year after bowing out in the second. With play at Wimbledon starting Monday, Federer and Nadal are eager to return to the heights they once reached with regularity at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament. They sound certain that they are prepared to fare better than 12 months ago -- and, as might be expected from a seven-time champion, Federer came right out and called himself "a contender." "I feel like, yeah, if things click here, I should be able to win the tournament," Federer said Saturday. "I feel I have a very good chance again this year. I hope to utilize my fitness, the amount of matches Ive played this year," he added. "So Im really coming in with a much better feeling." Federer tuned up for Wimbledon, where he is seeded fourth, by winning a title on grass at Halle, Germany, last weekend. That showing gave Federer all the assurance he needed that his game is in prime form at the moment, especially on the slick surface he dominated for a decade. Last season, Federer explained, there were "certain things I wanted to do, but I couldnt figure out or couldnt do it." "This year," he continued, "I feel all the options are there. Return, serve, serve and volley, come in, my backhand -- everything is working to my liking. For that reason, I feel Im a bit more relaxed mentally, because I know it is there. I clearly want to do better than last year, theres no doubt about it." So does the second-seeded Nadal, of course. He reached five Wimbledon finals and earned a pair of trophies, including by edging Federer 9-7 in the fifth set in 2008. They met in three consecutive title matches at the All England Club from 2006-08, and could meet in the semifinals this year. First things first, though. Nadal has a test in the first round against big-hitting Martin Klizan, then could face Lukas Rosol, the man who stunned the Spaniard in 2012s second round. The third round could bring a challenge from tough server Ivo Karlovic. For now, Nadal is most pleased with the state of his left knee, which acted up during his 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4 loss in 2013 to 135th-ranked Steve Darcis, saying it "hurts less this year than last year." Thats allowed Nadal to put in longer hours than usual on the practice courts this week, a key as the nine-time French Open champion transitions from clay to grass, on which he has lost three matches in a row. A year ago at Wimbledon, a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5) loss to 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky ended Federers streak of getting at least to the quarterfinals at 36 consecutive major tournaments. It was Federers earliest Grand Slam defeat since May 2003. Somber that day, at least Federer can joke about it now. He said that when he ran into Stakhovsky on Friday, they kidded around about how they could only meet in the final this year, because they were drawn into opposite sides of the bracket. "So its all good for both of us," Federer said, then paused before delivering the punch line: "For me, at least." Tyus Bowser Jersey . The day began ominously for the Rangers when star pitcher Yu Darvish was scratched from his scheduled start with stiffness in his neck. Fill-in Scott Baker gave up three hits over six innings and Chris Gimenez hit a tiebreaking two-out RBI single in the sixth off Phil Hughes. Kenny Young Jersey . “Momentum is only as good as the next days starter,† the long-time Baltimore Orioles manager famously quipped. http://www.cheapravensjerseysonline.com … online.com) - The Vancouver Canucks hope an upcoming stretch of home games will be enough to get the club into the postseason. Jaleel Scott Jersey . 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Parker scored 20 overall, going 8 for 11 in the second half, and finished with six assists for San Antonio (4-1). "Tony is someone we depend on," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He plays a lot of minutes. We expect him to be able to give us that offence, distribute the ball and play good D night after night after night. Hes been doing it for a long time now." Parker did the same for France, spending the NBA off-season leading the countrys national team to its first Euroleague Championship. Despite having little time to recuperate after leading San Antonio to the brink of its fifth championship, the 31-year-old point guard still carried the Spurs to victory after propelling them to a 115-105 winand area poiny am rebiundes. Tuesday night in Denver. "Incredible," San Antuns members Manu Ginobili said. "We were struggling to score. We looked a little slow and tired and he must made every shot. He did an unbelievable job down the stretch." Danny Green added 19 points, Tim Duncan had 17 points and Boris Diaw 11 points for San Antonio. Markieff Morris tied a career high with 23 points and also had 11 rebounds for Phoenix (3-2). Morris twin brother, Marcus, added 11 points and Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee each had 15 points. Plumlees reverse layup gave Phoenix a 96-95 lead with 1 minute remaining. The Suns had an opportunity to extend the lead following a miss by Duncan, but Ginobili drew a charge on Gerald Green. "(The Spurs) know each other," Phoenix first-year coach Jeff Hornacek said. "They have been in these situations in the NBA finals. They know how to handle it. They know how to be tough and aggressive. When they make cuts, they make cuts. When they are doing that, you cannot float through things." Parker, who had a game-high 24 points against the Nuggets, followed with a short jumper to give San Antonio the lead for good with 31.9 seconds left. "It was just one of those games," Parker said. "It was weird. In the first half coach Pop was trying to rest everybody; back-to-back, and so we just got a weird rhythm.dddddddddddd. In the fourth quarter, we finally got it." Gerald Green missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied the game. Both teams went on runs during the first half, San Antonio and Phoenix exchanged leads seven times in the second half. San Antonios big men were overwhelmed by the athleticism of the Morris twins, especially Markieff, who set up a series of dunks and drives to the basket with his outside jumper. Morris was 11 for 13 from the field. "They created a lot of matchup problems," Parker said. "Both of the brothers (Marcus and Markieff Morris), theyre tough to guard and Bledsoe in the pick-and-roll, same thing - hes super fast. Hes like a pit bull. Theyre pretty good. A lot people, they really dont believe in Phoenix. I think theyre a pretty good team." Ginobili, who entered the game averaging 12.3 points, gave San Antonio a burst of energy upon entering as the games first sub. He had five points and two assists in 3 minutes, making his first 3-point attempt to put San Antonio up 23-14 with 3 minutes left in the first quarter. Ginobilli finished with nine points. "They had a good game," Ginobili said. "The back-to-back, we knew we werent going to be that sharp or energetic, but they made a lot shots. (Markieff) Morris was incredible that first half. At one point, we were up 10 and it looked like we were going to break the game, but we stopped moving the ball and they started making shots and the game changed once you give a young team confidence." NOTES: Markieff Morris matched the career high he set against New Orleans on Nov. 23, 2012. . Diaw started for Tiago Splitter, who started San Antonios first four games. ... 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