Rafael Nadal with an eye on history
King of Clay playing dominant hard-court tennis as the US Open approaches
Fourteen months ago, Rafael Nadal appeared to be complete. He won his seventh French Open, tying Bjorn Borg, and his 11th Grand Slam title. But more important, he beat his nemesis, Novak Djokovic, for the third time in five months.
Six months earlier, the two had played the longest, greatest match in Australian Open history, elevating Djokovic to tennis' elite and sinking Nadal into the first major nadir of his career. Rafa's body had broken before, but never had his will so many times ...
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