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Style of play catching up with Rafa?

Rafael Nadal, the No. 2 seed, had to work extremely hard to win his first-round match at the U.S. Open. How much does Rafa have left in the tank this season?

Updated: August 30, 2007, 6:06 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- He is so strong in some ways and so vulnerable in others. Rafael Nadal walked into Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday afternoon with bands of tape wound just underneath both kneecaps. It brought to mind the way some Thoroughbred horses -- whose slender ankles support a massive amount of muscle -- enter the racetrack with their ankles wrapped.

Nadal labored through his four-set victory over Australian wild card Alun Jones, limiting his movement to spare himself as much discomfort ...

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