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Nadal's Return Proves He Was Missed

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He resembled the man we remember. The hair was the hair; a little shorter, but not short. The biceps were the biceps. The Nike NKE +0.50% get-up, as always, was customized for him: "squadron" blue bandana and shorts, a shirt in Barney the Dinosaur purple, a touch of orange sherbet around the neck. He swooped that famous lasso forehand. He took forever between serves. He sweated. He toweled. He grunted. He sounded like a man lifting a heavy credenza. Yeah. That was his grunt.

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