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Nadal wins fifth French Open title

Updated: June 7, 2010, 2:11 AM ET
Associated Press

PARIS -- Scurrying along the baseline as only he can, sliding through the red clay he rules, Rafael Nadal stretched to somehow dig the ball out of a corner and fling it back over the net -- once, twice, three times -- during a 14-stroke exchange that ended when Robin Soderling sailed a shot long.

The French Open final was all of seven points old, and the message was unmistakable: Nadal's knees are fine now, which means he is an entirely different player from the one Soderling stunned at ...

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