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Tennis players eat for health and performance Josmar Taveras, USA TODAY

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. — On a sticky night in Queens, Rafael Nadal was so soaked in sweat he looked as if he’d jumped in Flushing Bay. He left the court to change his whole outfit after the first set, and probably set a US Open record for Towels, Most Used.

It took a long while for Nadal to dry off after his evening’s work in Arthur Ashe Stadium late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, but he could be heartened that all of the perspiration produced the desired result.

On consecutive nights in Ashe this week, a tennis icon was dispatched from

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