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Rafael Nadal converts another doubter

Even the biggest Federer fans can't ignore Spaniard's tennis greatness

Updated: July 7, 2010, 2:04 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | ESPN.com

I should have seen Rafael Nadal's true brilliance a long time ago. But I tried to ignore it. Ig'nant me.

Loyalty, especially in the omphalos of an epic rivalry, can do that to a person. It can block one from seeing true greatness even when it is omnipresent. Denial is for addicts, and I've been in denial too long.

For years, I have been so deeply engrossed in Roger Federer's reign that I pretended to ignore the emerging greatness of Nadal. Because Rafa became Fed's ...

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