Can Rafa keep up the pace?

Rafael Nadal's adjustments to the speed of hard courts about to be tested

Updated: August 31, 2013, 12:28 AM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

NEW YORK – For the rabid fans of Rafael Nadal, there was something delicious about his wiping the floor with Rogerio Dutra-Silva on Thursday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

It was a glorious 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 beatdown in which fans got to bathe in their man shine brighter than a supernova, unconcerned with the possibility of losing. Nadal so overmatched Dutra-Silva that a Grand Slam match became an exhibition.

For those wondering if the Nadal resurgence would translate into a US ...

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