Transition from clay to grass a difficult one

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are coming off a grueling clay-court season. Now, with no time to relax, both have to make the difficult transition to grass. Greg Garber explains.

Updated: June 22, 2006, 12:36 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

The transition from the red clay of Roland Garros to the green grass of The Queen's Club was an abrupt one: Less than three hours. That was how long it took the sleek Eurostar to deliver Rafael Nadal from Paris to London.

"Very fast," Nadal explained. "Very, very fast."

After winning seven matches in the French Open -- the last one a resounding four-set victory over No. 1-ranked Roger Federer -- Nadal was exhausted. Yet he dragged himself out onto the practice court at Queen's.

"I ...

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