Life before Rafael Nadal in Paris

Updated: May 22, 2012, 11:47 PM ET
By Matt Wilansky | ESPN.com

Ah, those indelible images of Rafael Nadal roaring his terrible roar in celebration, then gnashing his not-so-terrible teeth into the Coupe des Mousquetaires. Nadal, you see, is most certainly a dentist's dream patient, but he is also the scariest player to make his way to the rustic grounds of Roland Garros this side of Bjorn Borg. For the past seven years, Nadal has overpowered nearly every foe who has stood in his way.

Nadal has redefined tennis with a game so potent that his opponents ...

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