Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/9/12
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Rafael Nadal switched to Wimbledon mode to deal with what he called "the strange" blue clay beneath his feet, and it worked. Roared on by his passionate supporters at the MutuaMadrid Open on Wednesday, Nadal crushed Russia's Nikolay Davydenko -- who had won their previous four meetings -- 6-2, 6-2. Realizing, after days of extra practice here, that the low bounce and slippery surface would not reward someone chasing along the baseline, Nadal went for bigger first serves and first-shot winners, as he tries to do on Wimbledon's grass. Despite being so worried about the surface that he asked to be allowed to play in grass court shoes -- ATP rules wouldn't allow it -- Nadal looked more in control of his movement than the small, compact and normally quick footed Russian. "I try to answer the problem by moving a little bit inside the court," Nadal said. "You cannot give initiative to the opponent on the first shot." He certainly didn't and Davydenko looked despondent long before the e...
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