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Nadal moving up the celebrity ladder

A continent away, Rafael Nadal's iconic stature is undeniable. But while his stardom has manifested in the U.S., the question remains: Is New York ready to embrace the Spanish matador?

Updated: August 30, 2008, 9:08 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- The landscaping on the grounds of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is impeccably maintained, but there's one particular area that is savaged so often caretakers have given up.

Fans have burrowed into the hedge that runs along one side of the practice courts in order to see their heroes from a closer vantage point than the small area set aside for spectators, and this week they tore it apart to get a glimpse of Rafael Nadal. And that's nothing, apparently, compared ...

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