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Nadal-Federer rivalry could put spark in Olympic tennis

Updated: August 11, 2008, 12:19 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

BEIJING -- The little girls dig Rafael Nadal in China. They scream his name in the rafters, in between fanning themselves, chanting "Na-dal, Na-dal, Go! Go! Go!" The Spaniard does not take the swooning for granted, especially this week. Tennis isn't exactly the hot ticket at the Olympics.

A few blocks removed from the drama and raw energy at the National Aquatics Center, where Michael Phelps & Co. were going for gold, Nadal and a handful of the world's top tennis players gathered at center ...

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