Rafa still a work in progress at U.S. Open

Updated: September 3, 2010, 4:46 PM ET
By Stephen Tignor, TENNIS.com

The courts of Flushing Meadows aren't ideal for Rafael Nadal, and based on early results, it will take a one-of-a-kind effort for him to win this tournament.

Was there something a little different about Nadal in his first-round match at the Open? Yes, there were the glowing yellow sneakers, the Darth Rafa all-black look and the clean-cut hair. But that's all part of the New York game. What about Rafa's game?

There was something new going on there, too. Nadal won fast-court ...

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