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Federer, Nadal return to action

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal return to tennis after long absences today at the Montreal Masters. Top seed Federer will be playing just three weeks after the birth of his twin daughters.

The Swiss is happily on a roll after winning the French Open for the first time and Wimbledon for the sixth.

Nadal's story is a polar opposite as the Spaniard has been forced to rest his tendinitis-plagued knees for nearly two months. He was forced out before Wimbledon due to the injury and was deposed as the French Open champion.

Neither man can predict the outcome at the first major event since Wimbledon ended five weeks ago, when Federer moved deeper into the record books with his 15th Grand Slam title, earned at the expense of Andy Roddick.

Nadal went through what looked to some as an uninspiring training session after arriving in Canada following weeks at home on the island of Mallorca with his practice time extremely limited.

The Spaniard is set to defend the title he won last year at the event which alternates between Toronto and Montreal in the English and French-speaking parts of Canada.

The top eight seeds all have byes, with the elite not set to open before midweek.

Briton Andy Murray, fresh off a week or more of training at his base in Miami, takes the third seeding. Murray could surpass Nadal should the Spaniard's form fail to gel.

Serb Novak Djokovic, still searching for a major title since winning the Masters Cup to end last season, is seeded fifth ahead of Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick and Argentine Juan Del Potro.


1. How many times has Roger Federer won Wimbledon?

2. Where does Rafael Nadal call home?

3. Who has been seeded third?


1. Six.

2. (The island of) Mallorca.

3. Andy Murray.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Federer, Nadal return to action

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Federer, Nadal return to action

Nancy Matos is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Nancy is a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism and Media program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her journalism career in broadcast and print has taken her around the world from New York to Portugal and now Beijing. Nancy is happy to make the move to China and join the China Daily team.