Nadal may have something up his sleeve

Rafael Nadal's aura palpably dwindled at the conclusion of last season. The world No.1 knows that if he can't shake the rust, it will be another lost opportunity in Australia.

Updated: January 17, 2009, 9:57 PM ET
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE -- The bulging biceps are holstered in a short-sleeved, collared shirt and the capri-length piratas have receded to a conventional length.

The message is clear: Rafael Nadal, the boy wonder, is no longer. Taking his place is Rafael Nadal, the established No. 1 of men's tennis and the reigning French, Wimbledon and Olympic champion.

It has taken some time for the uniform to fit. Nike handed Nadal the first batch of short-sleeved shirts just before the ...

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