Nadal nearing history on clay

Rafael Nadal might be more dominant on clay than Roger Federer is on any other surface. Greg Garber writes how Nadal already is in elite company, and he's not yet 20 years old.

Updated: May 26, 2006, 4:52 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com Senior Writer

At 19 -- the age of a typical college sophomore -- Rafael Nadal already has produced tennis results that live among those of legends. The numbers, frankly, are difficult to assimilate.

Less than two weeks ago in Rome, the left-hander from the Spanish island of Majorca won his 53rd consecutive match on clay, equaling the Open era record of Guillermo Vilas. In defeating No. 1-ranked Roger Federer, Nadal won his 16th ATP title and equaled the all-time teenage record set by Bjorn Borg. Nadal ...

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