Nadal enters Wimbledon final with clear mental edge

Much has been made of Rafael Nadal's all-around improvement this year. But it's the mental edge he has on his Wimbledon finals opponent, Roger Federer, that may prove to be the difference.

Originally Published: June 18, 2008
By Ravi Ubha | Special to ESPN.com

As Rafael Nadal trudged off Centre Court following his much-expected semifinal win over German veteran Rainer Schuettler on Friday, the usual autograph hunters scurried in the stands, hoping for a signature or two from the world No. 2.

Just before Nadal entered a walkway that leads to the locker rooms that are off-limits to fans, one requested a picture for her cell phone. Problem was, she seemingly didn't know how to use the camera on it. Nadal promptly took the device, huddled ...

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