The physical hardships of Rafael Nadal

Updated: September 6, 2011, 1:31 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- He emerged from the locker room Monday looking a little crusty around the edges. Rafael Nadal was five minutes late for his off-day hit on Practice Court 1, but he walked slowly, three rackets cradled in his arm.

It was the morning after a bizarre cramping episode in mid-interview that sent a shiver into this U.S. Open. He told the crowd pressed against the barricade that he would sign autographs after the 45-minute session. Uncle Toni Nadal, catching the look of concern ...

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