Rafael Nadal's secret garden

Updated: May 24, 2013, 2:25 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Close your eyes and slip away to your favorite place.

Maybe it's the seashore you visited as a child. A cosmopolitan city teeming with light and energy. A secret garden filled with lilacs and peonies and hydrangeas. A place where everything is always right and good.

Roland Garros doesn't have the polished, modern veneer of the other sprawling Grand Slam venues. No gargantuan mechanical roofs, yawning food courts, acres of presumptuous potted pansies. A product of the late 1920s, ...

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