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Picture This: Rafael Nadal's kicks; Maria Sharapova fans show the love, more

While Rafa is at home admiring his trophies and signing for some free sponsor swag, the ATP and WTA firmly embed themselves in Asia. Here are some of the best pictures from the last week.

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Rafael Nadal: Are we really to believe the entire purpose of this picture was to show off your new Nikes, Rafa? Nice set of trophies, dude.

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Nicolas Almagro, Novak Djokovic (AP)

Novak Djokovic and Nicolas Almagro: I don't know if these two actually played any tennis during this exhibition in Taiwan, but I would definitely pay top dollar to watch them try to beat each other up.

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Maria Sharapova (Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova: Boy, Gilles Simon must get sooooo annoyed whenever this happens to him.

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Feng Li/Getty Images

China Open: Tennis officially invades China. Run, child, run!

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Sam Yeh/AFP

Novak Djokovic: The many faces of Novak.

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Agnieska Radwanska Sam Pretty/Getty Images

Agnieszka Radwanska: Aga can still pull off that backhand overhead smash, bum shoulder and all.

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Ana Ivanovic Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Ana Ivanovic: There's something very cool about the international nature of tennis when you can find a group of kids in Beijing who are major fans of a female Serbian tennis player.

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Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images

Andy Murray and Ken Rosewall: Checking in on Mr. Murray after his Slam breakthrough in New York. Yup, still can't wipe that grin off his face.

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Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Li Na: Is that cardboard cutout supposed to be Li Na? Nice to see that pirated copies of Adobe Photoshop are getting heavy use in China.

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Bonus Shot! Crouching Petko, Hidden JJ.

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