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Nadal's historic run in Paris ends

Originally Published: May 31, 2009
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Customarily, the loser of a professional tennis match packs up in great haste and stalks off the court as quickly as possible.

On Sunday evening, Robin Soderling of Sweden exited Court Philippe Chatrier first, leaving Rafael Nadal to his usual stage. Nadal, the four-time defending French Open champion, squeezed a few more rackets into his large bag, then a towel and a wrist band, letting the thunderous applause wash over him.

As he walked off, Nadal did his usual ...

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