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Nadal poses daunting task for Fed

Updated: August 15, 2008, 3:03 PM ET
By Peter Bodo, TENNIS.com

It's official -- Rafael Nadal will assume the No. 1 ranking Aug. 18, changing places with Roger Federer. This represents a long-term achievement for Nadal, who began his campaign to unseat the Swiss maestro from a bunker in the clay, conceding the grass and hard courts to Federer while he built a game that would ultimately give him a chance on the other surfaces as well.

People love Nadal's combative spirit and his rough-hewn game, but few have bothered to pay homage to the way he has operated ...

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