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  • Rafael Nadal beats Juan Monaco in Argentina Open 15 hours 50 minutes ago

    Buenos Aires: Rafael Nadal won his first title in nearly nine months on Sunday after defeating Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-1 at the Argentina Open. The top-seeded Spaniard hadn't reached a final since winning at Roland Garros last year. It was Nadal's 46th title on clay, moving him within three of the record...
  • Rafael Nadal to play Juan Monaco in the final of Argentina Open Yesterday

    Buenos Aires: Rafael Nadal defeated Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Saturday, setting up a final against Juan Monaco at the Argentina Open. If he wins on Sunday, Nadal will tie Guillermo Vilas for the most clay-court titles with 46. The top-seeded Nadal was on the brink of losing the first set...
  • Novak Djokovic close to scaling tennis' Everest: Andre Agassi 2 days ago

    London: Novak Djokovic may never have a better chance to complete his career grand slam than at this year's French Open but those predicting the decline of claycourt king Rafa Nadal should be wary, according to Andre Agassi. Had it not been for the Spaniard, Djokovic would already be part of...
  • Rafael Nadal crushes Federico Delbonis to reach Argentina Open semi-final 2 days ago

    Buenos Aires: Rafael Nadal, working his way back to top form after wrist problems last year, screamed with delight on reaching the Argentina Open semi-finals with a 6-1 6-1 rout of Federico Delbonis on Friday. Nadal, who went down to a first defeat in 53 consecutive semi-finals on clay at the...
  • Rafael Nadal advances to the quarter-finals of Argentina Open 4 days ago

    Buenos Aires: Top-seeded Rafael Nadal beat local qualifier Facundo Arguello 6-4, 6-0 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the Argentina Open. Nadal has yet to reach a final in three tournaments this season and was beaten in the semi-finals last week in Rio de Janeiro, ending his 52-match unbeaten run...
  • Rafael Nadal sees Argentina Open as next step up comeback ladder 6 days ago

    Buenos Aires: Rafael Nadal, who suffered an upset defeat in the Rio Open semi-finals at the weekend, said on Monday that he was confident of taking another step towards recovering his best form in Buenos Aires this week. The Spaniard, ranked fourth after Saturday's loss to Fabio Fognini ended a run...
  • Fognini knocks Rafael Nadal out of Rio Open in semi-finals February 22, 2015

    Rio de Janeiro: Rafael Nadal was beaten in the semi-finals of the Rio Open on Saturday, losing 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 on clay to Italian Fabio Fognini, who will meet David Ferrer in the final. Nadal has played three tournaments this year and has not reached a final. He lost in the...
  • Rafael Nadal cruises into semis of Rio Open February 21, 2015

    Rio de Janeiro: Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame the stiffest test so far in his first clay-court tournament of the season, defeating No. 6 Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 4-6, 7-5, 6-0 to reach the semifinals of the Rio Open. The match ended at 3:21 in the morning local time on Saturday -more...
  • Rafael Nadal into Rio Open quarters February 20, 2015

    Rio de Janeiro: Spain's Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals of the Rio Open tennis tournament with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta. The 14-time Grand Slam winner struggled to assert himself early before breaking Carreno Busta in the 12th game to take the first set on Thursday,...
  • Rafael Nadal breaks little sweat in opening win at Rio February 18, 2015

    Rio de Janeiro: Top-seeded Rafael Nadal defeated Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil at the Rio Open on Tuesday, winning 6-4, 6-1 in his first clay-court match of the season. Nadal had already suffered two early-season losses away from his favored clay surface, so the red clay was a welcome change. The Spaniard has...
  • Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal headline field for Indian Wells January 29, 2015

    Indian Wells: Defending champion Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal headline the field for the BNP Paribas Open in March, giving the tournament the top three men's players in the world during its 40th anniversary in the Southern California desert. Among the other men's entries are the rest of the...
  • Rafa Nadal disappointed but bows out content with comeback January 27, 2015

    Melbourne: A fourth-round thrashing of big-serving South African Kevin Anderson had given Rafa Nadal hope he might be back to his best, but the Spaniard's limited preparations came back to haunt him against Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open on Tuesday. The rangy Czech played majestically to reach his second semi-final...
  • Australian Open: Tomas Berdych thrashes Rafael Nadal to enter semis January 27, 2015

    Melbourne: Tomas Berdych played arguably the grand slam quarter-final of his life to end the longest losing streak on the ATP Tour with a 6-2 6-0 7-6(5) victory over Rafa Nadal and advance to the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday. Berdych, who beat the virtually unstoppable and then six-times champion Roger...
  • Australian Open: Murray, Nadal and Sharapova through to quarters January 25, 2015

    After the clock ticked past midnight, Andy Murray became aware that it was officially Australia Day and he already knew from the crowd reaction what to expect in the quarterfinals. Murray, a two-time Grand Slam champion and three-time Australian Open finalist, fended off racket-smashing Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5...
  • Nick Kyrgios joins Rafael Nadal in Australian Open quarter-finals January 25, 2015

    Melbourne: Now he's no longer just the kid who upset Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, he's also the teenager who beat the guy who beat Roger Federer at the Australian Open. Nick Kyrgios came back from two sets down and saved a match point to beat Andreas Seppi 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6...
  • Rafael Nadal through to Australian Open quarter-finals January 25, 2015

    Melbourne: Rafael Nadal stayed in contention for his second Australian Open title six years after his first with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 fourth-round win on Sunday over Kevin Anderson. The 2009 Australian Open winner turned around the first set - and ultimately the match - in the 11th and 12th games. Nadal...
  • Rafael Nadal beats Dudi Sela, advances to 4th round at Australian Open January 23, 2015

    Melbourne: Rafael Nadal beat Israel's Dudi Sela 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 on Friday to advance to the fourth round at the Australian Open, spending two fewer hours on court than he did in his previous match. On Wednesday, Nadal needed five sets and 4 hours, 12 minutes to beat American qualifier Tim...
  • Andy Murray points to double-standards after Rafa Nadal cramps January 22, 2015

    Melbourne: Following Rafa Nadal's problems with cramps in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday, Andy Murray has taken a swipe at critics who gave him a hard time after his own struggles at the US Open. Third seed Nadal fought through cramps all over his body on a...
  • Nadal, Sharapova survive 2nd round at Australian Open January 21, 2015

    Melbourne: An agitated Roger Federer spat out the question that Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova easily could have asked the players who pushed them to the limits in the second round of the Australian Open. "Do you have to be that close?" Federer snapped at a TV cameraman hovering nearby as...
  • Nadal survives cramps to battle into third round at Australian Open January 21, 2015

    Melbourne: Third seed Rafa Nadal battled through mid-match cramps for more than an hour before he lurched into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-7(2), 6-3, 7-5 victory over American qualifier Tim Smyzcek on Wednesday. Nadal's performance dropped away drastically in the second set as he...
  • Rafael Nadal still a contender says advancing Novak Djokovic January 20, 2015

    Melbourne: Rafael Nadal has been shrugging his shoulders and suggesting he may not be ready mentally or physically to win this year's Australian Open after an injury-riddled 2014, but top seed Novak Djokovic is having none of it. "Well, I don't know what his intentions are, how he feels, but he...
  • Australian Open: Federer, Nadal, Sharapova cruise; Ivanovic crashes out January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Big guns Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova successfully blasted their way into the Australian Open second round on Monday but the Grand Slam dream of Ana Ivanovic was shattered. Second seed Federer, third seed Nadal and sixth seed Andy Murray all enjoyed straight sets wins, with rising stars...
  • Rafael Nadal advances to second round at Australian Open January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Rafael Nadal didn't give the impression he was lacking any confidence as he raced through the first round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win on Monday over Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny. Coming back from a right wrist injury and an appendix operation that sidelined him late...
  • Australian Open preview: Novak Djokovic primed to reclaim Melbourne throne January 18, 2015

    Melbourne: Last year's Australian Open kicked off the biggest shakeup in men's tennis for a decade but Novak Djokovic is primed to stave off the charge of 'Generation Next' and take back his throne at Melbourne Park. Stan Wawrinka holds the title and a band of young upstarts are determined to...
  • Andy Murray unfazed by 'extremely difficult' draw in Australian Open January 17, 2015

    Melbourne: The draw has done few favours for Andy Murray at Melbourne Park, but the Briton believes he has put in the off-season work to be rewarded at the Australian Open. Murray will be seeded sixth at the year's first grand slam starting on Monday, bunched on the same half of...
  • Doubtful Rafa Nadal rules out Australian Open glory January 17, 2015

    Melbourne: Rafa Nadal has downplayed his chances of winning the Australian Open, saying his back remains a concern and he lacks confidence from having little match practice in the lead-up. On the comeback trail after injury and illness wiped out the latter half of his 2014 season, the Spaniard had a...
  • Rafael Nadal working hard to gain full fitness for Australian Open January 15, 2015

    Melbourne: Rafael Nadal says "I'm working as hard as I can" to be ready for Monday's start to the Australian Open following a right wrist injury and appendix surgery which sidelined him for most of the last six months of 2014. Nadal went through a strenuous workout at Melbourne Park on...
  • Rafael Nadal tries his hand at some disco tennis January 14, 2015

    Melbourne: A new format called Fast4, which some have dubbed disco tennis, was again on display Wednesday with a recovering Rafael Nadal happy to be on the dance floor. The occasion was the official opening of the newly renovated Margaret Court Arena that will give the Australian Open, which starts on...
  • Rafael Nadal bullish about Australian Open despite setback January 8, 2015

    Doha: Rusty World No.3 tennis player Rafael Nadal has denied reports that injuries might force him to sit out this month's Australian Open. Nadal suffered a shock first-round loss Wednesday to 34-year-old German qualifier Michael Berrer. Nadal missed the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour Finals in November last year...
  • Rafael Nadal crashes out of Qatar Open January 7, 2015

    Doha: Defending champion Rafael Nadal was ousted in the first round of the Qatar Open, losing to German qualifier Michael Berrer 6-1, 3-6, 4-6. Nadal had three break points on Berrer's serve in the final game, but couldn't convert on those opportunities to draw the third set score even to 5-5...