Nadal makes presence felt on grass

Like Roger Federer on clay, Rafael Nadal is the second-best player on grass. The Spaniard could be the player to beat at Wimbledon in coming years, Whit Sheppard writes.

Updated: July 10, 2006, 11:55 AM ET
By Whit Sheppard | Special to ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- Just when it started to look like the earth might be flat after all, and Queen Isabella might be preparing to recommission Christopher Columbus to set sail to the New World, along came Roger Federer.

Federer had been thoroughly dominated by world No. 2 Rafael Nadal since beating him 16 months ago in the Nasdaq-100 final in Miami, dropping five consecutive matches since to the 20-year-old Spaniard from Majorca, including four finals this year alone.

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