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Nadal's streak in perspective

Updated: May 24, 2006, 8:08 AM ET
Over the course of the last few weeks, a world-class athlete has closed in on one of the sporting world's most impressive records. This hulking left-hander has chased a mark most experts had previously considered unreachable. The man he has been chasing, also a southpaw, galvanized an entire nation with both his play and his larger-than-life personality.

At this point, some of you may think I'm talking about Barry Bonds and his pursuit of Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list. However, the record-holder that I am referring to is Argentine tennis wizard Guillermo Vilas and the man in pursuit of his career mark is Spanish phenom Rafael Nadal.

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