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No man is an island ... except for Nadal

Updated: May 28, 2009, 9:13 AM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the June 1 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Could it be the language barrier? Is that the reason Americans have a limited understanding of his genius? Maybe we're the lucky ones, then, since the silences might contain the best insight into Rafael Nadal. There is something undeniably magnetic about him, yet he appears ignorant of his charisma. Watch him as he speaks at a press conference or at center court after a match. He is awkward, almost bashful, looking ...

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