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Nadal's start shines bright with sponsors

Dressed like a pirate on the court, Rafael Nadal is relatively conservative and preppy off it. Bonnie DeSimone explains.

Updated: April 11, 2007, 2:09 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

Rafael Nadal will turn 21 this June during the middle weekend of the French Open, the event that has become his personal bullring.

The milestone birthday marks the beginning of the past tense for all those age-dependent adjectives we've routinely attached to his name. Nadal burst into the men's tennis universe with more force than any adolescent since Boris Becker; he broke the teenaged records no one had bothered to look up since Bjorn Borg was a pup.

Now we get to watch him ...

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