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Blake's upset of Nadal a major miracle

Updated: September 3, 2005, 7:23 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- It was a perfectly gorgeous day, sunny and mild, on a holiday weekend at the National Tennis Center. Was it too much to hope for a minor hometown miracle at the U.S. Open?

As it turned out, yes. What we got instead was a major miracle.

On Saturday James Blake -- born in adjacent Yonkers, N.Y., and raised in nearby Fairfield, Conn. -- dominated Rafael Nadal, the No. 2-ranked player in the world, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. In some ways, it was an upset more stunning in ...

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