Nadal's three-peat no small feat

Updated: September 13, 2010, 11:31 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Before the U.S. Open began, winning it was the one subject Rafael Nadal was uncomfortable tackling.

But as he progressed through the draw, charging forward with conviction on a swift court that does not reward the gifts of his game, Nadal's actions betrayed his desire.

Finally, after he reached the semifinals by defeating fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, he actually told the truth.

"Right now for me is very, very nice ...

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