Nadal the lead warrior in Spanish surge on grass

Led by Rafael Nadal, the Spanish contingent is no longer too intimidated to take its chances on the lawns of England.

Updated: June 27, 2008, 2:35 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- There was a time not so long ago when Spanish tennis players were allergic to grass. They wrote off the short season. Some top pros skipped Wimbledon altogether.

That collective hay fever has cleared up. Instead, the Spaniards are making hay on the once-feared lawns of northern Europe. Leading up to Wimbledon, both of the country's top-10 players, Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, won grass court titles -- the first by players from that country in 36 years. Six of ...

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