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Nadal easily compares to Agassi

Defending champion Spain's Rafal Nadal volleys the ball to compatriot Albert Montanes during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday June 2 , 2007. Nadal won 6-1, 6-3, 6-2. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

Defending champion Spain's Rafal Nadal volleys the ball to compatriot Albert Montanes during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday June 2 , 2007. Nadal won 6-1, 6-3, 6-2. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

In case you aren't much of a tennis fan, I figured I'd say this: Spain's Rafael Nadal is becoming the new Andre Agassi.Sure, Nadal isn't American, and he doesn't exactly look like Andre, but his style of play is similar. By "style of play," I really mean "the ability to reach any ball within 30 feet of him." Agassi never had the best serve on the men's pro circuit, but he always did work his butt off to be one of the most physical players on the court. It's hard to argue that Nadal isn't the world's best player at running down drop shots, lobs, and slams. After all, the 21-year-old may take down the French Open for the third time in a row, he also has beaten great players like Andy Roddick and Roger Federer. Most tennis analysts love to point out that Nadal owns the clay, and it's evident when one looks at his 2007 record. I'm no tennis pro, but some players are simply more fun to watch than others. Nadal definitely qualifies as one of those, as it isn't physically easy to win the way he's winning. Let's hope his body can hold up for the next 20 years, and that he won't need as many surgeries as Agassi did. If so, I think it'd be good for the game of tennis to have a wild card like Nadal in as many tournaments as possible.
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