Racket Reaction: Rafael Nadal healthy, happy and winning

But at the age of 30, Rafael Nadal still has the look of urgency in his brown eyes, the fierce concentration on his face, the perpetually furrowed brow.

After the second point of Friday night's third game against Andrey Kuznetsov, there was another familiar sight -- a comforting one if you …

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Tension is high in demanding world of US Open racket stringers

Every year since 2009, Tankersley has flown from Dallas to New York, where he strings rackets to ridiculous specificity, some days from 7 a.m. until the last ball is struck.

Players come in with six to eight rackets, and want synthetic strings such as Luxilon or natural such as …

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