One for the thumb for King Nadal

Originally Published: May 19, 2009
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Repeating a championship is one of the most difficult feats in sport.

In 2005, Tiger Woods won the Masters. He is 0-for-4 since. In 2005, Jeff Gordon won the Daytona 500. He is 0-for-4 since. In 2005, the Patriots won the Super Bowl. They are 0-for-4 since.

These are all top athletes in their particular arenas, and they couldn't accomplish it. Defending a prestigious title is a deathly sharp, two-sided blade; not only is there a tendency to relax into self-satisfaction ...

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