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Serena Williams took a set to get her act together before beating Caroline Wozniacki 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, in the MutuaMadrid Open on Thursday, but there was no reprieve for Rafael Nadal. To his fury and frustration, the Spaniard blew all kinds of chances against Fernando Verdasco before losing to his compatriot 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 for the first time in their 14 all-time meetings. And, of course, it was all about the blue clay. Despite playing impressively against Nikolay Davydenko the day before, Nadal allowed the whole controversy about the slippery surface to get inside his head and started spraying balls all over the place as he tried to serve out for victory twice in the third set. "I will not play here next year if the clay is blue," he said, throwing down the gauntlet to Ion Tiriac, the brooding Romanian impresario who went out on a limb by deciding to switch from regular red European clay to this deep blue in order to make it easier for TV audiences to follow the ball. Now,...
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