Healing begins for Gasquet, Nadal

Updated: September 1, 2009, 9:01 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Six months ago, a first-round U.S. Open match between Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet might have seemed only mildly interesting.

Born 15 days apart, the powerful Spanish lefty and the Frenchman with the fluid, flawless one-handed backhand are prodigies who have been playing each other since they were preteens. But their adult paths have diverged sharply, symbolized by their head-to-head record: Nadal 6, Gasquet 0.

Nadal has emerged as the star of his generation, ...

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