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Rafa proving the power of perseverance

Updated: April 1, 2010, 10:17 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Rafael Nadal, sensing correctly that David Ferrer's second serve on match point would be something less than impressive, skipped around his backhand and spanked a screaming winner down the line.

What followed Tuesday was vintage Rafa: a yowling, double-scissor-kicking, first-pumping victory celebration. It had a high level of difficulty (executed cleanly), but was oddly savage at the same time. Which suggests that Nadal is rounding into the kind of form that ...

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