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Nadal has an arduous task ahead to complete a dream season

From the Golden Boy, Rafael Nadal, to Elena Dementieva, the Beijing stars have plenty of reason to be exultant. But we can only surmise how that success will carry over to the U.S. Open.

Updated: August 20, 2008, 1:41 PM ET
By Sandra Harwitt | Special to ESPN.com

BEIJING -- For the hottest properties on the tennis scene, the road to the U.S. Open this year did not wind through the United States as usual. Instead, the journey was highlighted by the sights and sounds of China, as in the Beijing 2008 Olympics. As has been the case since tennis returned to the Olympics at the Seoul 1988 Games, the results did not always run true to form, but that is what the Olympics are all about -- surprising outcomes, nationalistic pride and the world attempting to come ...

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