Nadal transitions to grass quite nicely

Rafael Nadal is proving to critics that he is more than just a clay-court specialist. The Spaniard has changed his game to accommodate the grass at Wimbledon, Greg Garber writes.

Updated: July 6, 2006, 3:05 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- Nada, in Spanish, means nothing. Nadal, in today's tennis, means everything. He has proved during this fortnight at the All England Club that he can do it all.

The two-time reigning French Open champion came to Wimbledon with little fanfare. Few gave him much of a chance here because clay-to-grass is one of the most difficult transitions in any sport. Yet Nadal has proved to be an astonishingly quick study.

The 20-year-old Spaniard blistered Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, ...

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