Ace in the hole
It's easy to appreciate Rafa in action, and even easier when he's sidelined
THERE WAS SOMETHING missing. As the Australian Open entered its second week, otherwise known as go time for the players believing they can win a major, Rafael Nadal's absence was conspicuous. It was felt. For the past eight years, go time has always included Nadal, but he hasn't been seen on a tennis court since Wimbledon due to injuries and ailments. The hardcourts of Melbourne were never his best surface, of course; the 26-year-old has claimed just one of his 11 grand slam ...
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