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Less-than-stellar Nadal good enough

Updated: June 5, 2011, 7:17 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

PARIS -- It's not a stretch to say Rafael Nadal was a little fortunate this fortnight. The Spaniard, who beat Roger Federer in Sunday's French Open final, wasn't his usual dominating self these past two weeks.

As Brad Gilbert would put it, he won ugly.

Jim Courier was certainly in agreement.

Asked if this Nadal was the overpowering, mental behemoth of years past in Paris, Courier, a French Open winner 20 years ago who took part in the trophy presentation Sunday, replied, ...

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