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Vanquishing Nadal a daunting task

Originally Published: March 4, 2009
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

Of all the spectacular records Rafael Nadal holds, one of the most staggering yet least known is this: He has never lost a best-of-five-sets match on clay.

Yes, never. Not in 43 career matches, including four straight French Open victories, several Davis Cup ties and -- until 2007 -- finals of Masters events as well as selected other events like Barcelona and Stuttgart.

That immaculate record will be on the line again this week as Spain begins its Davis Cup defense on clay ...

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