A Mallorca state of mind

The easygoing personality of tennis superstar Rafael Nadal can be traced to his Mallorcan roots. Story

Updated: May 25, 2007, 2:31 PM ET
By LZ Granderson | Page 2

Rafael Nadal likes to talk in absolutes.

Sometimes it's because his English is limited. But most times it's on purpose, his tone laced with the kind of resolve which says that while the rest of us are wondering if he'll knock Roger Federer off his perch, he's planning the when.

Sure, Nadal might say the right things about his rival in interviews and postmatch press conferences, but after spending nearly two weeks trailing him in Europe, one thing is clear to me: Rafa's only pouring ...

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