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Nadal's knee assessment? Fresh for now

Originally Published: September 2, 2009
By Greg Garber | Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- The awkward little backhand from Richard Gasquet carved its way through the air and, for a split second, Rafael Nadal hesitated.

Then he was off, with great slashing strides, knocking off a ferocious winner that landed about four inches from the sideline and from the baseline. It was just a random point from the fifth game of the third set, but it -- and his emphatic 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 victory -- seemed to answer the question looming over this 2009 U.S. Open:

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