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Rafael Nadal Gives Us The Best Shot of the 2013 U.S Open (Video)
If you’re Ryan Harrison, a 21-year-old tennis player ranked no. 104 in the world, and you draw Rafael Nadal in the first round of the U.S. Open, you know you’ve got your work cut out for you.
However, you might come in with just a sliver of hope. After all, while Nadal is the most tenacious player in the game when healthy, possessing an almost inhuman ability to track down shots, he does have bad knees. Maybe all the hard court tennis leading up to the Open will have him a little stiff.
Then the actual match begins, and in the very first game, this happens:
On the second day of the tournament, just four points into his first match, Rafael Nadal hits a running overhead winner to counter what you thought would be an overhead winner of your own. At that point, it’s pretty clear that this is not going to be the best day of your life, and that your U.S. Open will be over in about an hour and a half.
But hey, at least you didn’t just drop your racket right there and walk off the court. You kept playing and managed to win six whole games in your straight sets defeat. That’s something, right?