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King Rafa's 2008 season rife with majestic efforts

With his unyielding nature and sublime championship at the hallowed Wimbledon grounds, Rafael Nadal is Joel Drucker's unequivocal choice as the best player of the year.

Originally Published: December 15, 2008
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: The 2008 tennis season left us with indelible memories. ESPN.com recounts the top 10 highs and lows from Monday through Friday this week.

Here's my list of the top 10 players of 2008 (both men and women):

1. Rafael Nadal Who else? Amazingly, he did not win his first title until the end of April -- and then went on a staggering four-month, 48-2, eight-title run. He's the first man to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year since Bjorn ...

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