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Rafael Nadal’s absence opens door at Australian Open

MELBOURNE — With another Australian Open about to begin Monday, the addition and subtraction continue at the top of the men’s game.

Though Andy Murray appeared to transform the lead pack into a true Big Four last year by winning the Olympics and the US Open, the pack is back to being a Big Three, with Rafael Nadal’s layoff from competition well into its seventh month.

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