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Wind at Rafael Nadal's back

Updated: June 26, 2012, 6:24 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- If there was an example for avoiding the impulse to be declarative and definitive, to resist reacting to the alternately jagged and smooth edges of the moment, it would be Rafael Nadal.

Six months ago, in the heat of Melbourne, Nadal seemed faced with a career crisis at age 25: He was unable to overcome the immovable object in front of him in Novak Djokovic and was in danger of being overtaken as the No. 2 player in the world by the lurking Roger Federer. More so than ...

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