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Nadal's great year tip of big iceberg

Rafael Nadal has received his share of accolades for a historic 2008 campaign. But his performance pales in comparison to the raw dominance and brilliance displayed by others during the Open era.

Originally Published: December 10, 2008
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

Rafael Nadal's 2008 season was brilliant. His rise to the world No. 1 ranking was highlighted by victories at Roland Garros and Wimbledon -- the first time a man snagged the Paris-London double since Bjorn Borg in 1980. Add an Olympic gold medal, eight tournament titles and runs to the semis at the Australian and U.S. Opens. But even the great Nadal has a bit more to achieve in a 365-day period to match these amazing top-10 Open-era years:

1. Rod Laver, 1969 Still the platinum standard. ...

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