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Rafael Nadal: To beat the devil

Nadal should take heart from his latest loss to his personal demon: Novak Djokovic

Originally Published: February 2, 2012
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

You're Rafael Nadal and you're in hell. Your hell is knowing that Novak Djokovic, the man in front of you, the man who took your No. 1 ranking from you, has now beaten you seven straight times, all of them in finals, the last three in Grand Slams. Your hell is knowing that the old conventions, which were good enough to beat back Roger Federer and Andy Murray, and won you 10 major titles, do not work against this one opponent. Your hell is knowing that today Novak Djokovic is a better tennis player ...

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