Agitated Nadal on the fringe of No.1 ranking

Despite winning the Toronto Masters, Rafael Nadal was devoid of head-shaking winners and played with a heightened twitchiness -- an indication the prospect of reaching No. 1 may be getting to him.

Updated: August 6, 2009, 5:26 PM ET
By Stephen Tignor | Tennis.com

One obvious and crucial question needed to be asked during the Rogers Masters last week: Just how twitchy can a No. 1 men's player be?

We've gotten used to our recent long-term No. 1s, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, facing each point with loose limbs and a laid-back focus. The ability to cruise through matches and tournaments without worrying much about the outcome of any one point has seemed to be the key to living with the pressures of that unique position. In Toronto, though, ...

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