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  • Rafael Nadal renews contract with Kia Motors 2 days ago

    Madrid: Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal and South Korean automobile manufacturer Kia Motors on Friday extended their partnership for another five years, until 2020. The Spaniard has been a global ambassador for Kia since 2006. The 28-year-old will continue to appear in global advertising campaigns to endorse Kia by taking part...
  • Current slump is inevitable: Rafael Nadal 3 days ago

    Madrid: Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal said his struggles at the start of the season, his worst string of results in a decade, are unavoidable moments in an athlete's career. The fourth-ranked Nadal, who failed to reach the semifinals of any of the big, early-season hard-court events, including the Australian Open,...
  • Roger Federer still fears 'difficult to beat' Rafael Nadal at French Open 5 days ago

    Istanbul: Switzerland's 17-times Grand Slam winner Roger Federer said on Monday that he still believed Rafael Nadal was the favourite to win the French Open next month despite the Spanish star's troubled start to the clay court season. Federer, who took his sole French Open title in 2009, this week is...
  • Rafael Nadal loses to Fognini in straight sets at Barcelona Open April 23, 2015

    Barcelona: Rafael Nadal's clay-court woes mounted on Thursday at the Barcelona Open with another loss. The eight-time champion lost to Fabio Fognini 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the third round, a year after his 41-match winning streak ended in the quarterfinals. After losing the first set, Nadal appeared to have rebounded and...
  • Rafael Nadal beats Nicolas Almagro, Marin Cilic loses in Barcelona Open 2nd round April 22, 2015

    Spain: Rafael Nadal avenged last year's loss to Nicolas Almagro by beating his fellow Spaniard 6-3, 6-1 at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday, while U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic slumped to a second-round exit. The second-seeded Nadal, who lost last week to Novak Djokovic in the Monte Carlo semifinals, rebounded with...
  • I am used to threat posed by Novak Djokovic, says Rafael Nadal April 20, 2015

    Barcelona: A red hot Novak Djokovic is being tipped to end Rafa Nadal's stranglehold at Roland Garros in June but the Spaniard dismissed the threat as being no different to those he has faced before. The Serbian world number one has been an unstoppable force in recent weeks, winning 17 matches...
  • Novak Djokovic downs Rafael Nadal to reach Monte Carlo Masters final April 18, 2015

    Monaco: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic overcame a strong challenge from Rafael Nadal to reach the Monte Carlo Masters final with a 6-3, 6-3 win Saturday. Djokovic, who extended his current winning streak to 16 matches, will face sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych as he bids for a second title at the clay-court Masters. With Prince...
  • Novak Djokovic to face Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals April 18, 2015

    Monaco: Winning a game against Novak Djokovic these days is quite an achievement. Even when you're a U.S. Open champion. Djokovic won the first eight games of his Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final match on Friday before Marin Cilic managed to hold his serve, raising a thumb in the air to celebrate. The...
  • Rafael Nadal to play new Stuttgart grass event April 16, 2015

    Berlin: World number five Rafael Nadal will begin his grasscourt campaign at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart after the event switched surfaces to green turf for the first time this year. The June 6-14 tournament replaces the former red clay event that ran until 2014 and will be staged the week...
  • Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer bulldoze into Monte Carlo last 16 April 15, 2015

    Monte Carlo: Rafa Nadal returned to one of his favourite hunting grounds to thrash Frenchman Lucas Pouille at the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday as his build-up to the French Open began. The Spaniard, who will be looking for a 10th Roland Garros title next month, enjoyed a 6-2 6-1 second-round...
  • Rafael Nadal back to favourite surface in Monte Carlo April 13, 2015

    Monaco: Does Rafael Nadal remain the King of Clay? That's the big question surrounding the 14-time Grand Slam winner as the world's best players gather in Monte Carlo this week for the first Masters of the season played on clay. Relaxed, tanned and smiling, the former top-ranked Nadal looks more than happy...
  • IPTL 2015 draft: Indian Aces snare Nadal, Leander to new team Japan Warriors April 12, 2015

    Dubai: Spanish legend Rafael Nadal will play for the Indian side in the second edition of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), where Japan Warriors will be the new franchise in the competition, scheduled to begin on December 2. Charismatic Roger Federer had played for the Indian team in the inaugural...
  • Stakes high for Rafael Nadal as he heads for Monaco April 11, 2015

    Rafa Nadal posted a photo of himself hosing down the court after practising at home in Mallorca this week before heading to Monte Carlo for the first of three Masters 1000 claycourt events en route to the French Open. The Spaniard will enjoy pouring cold water too on the notion his...
  • Serena Williams beats 15-year-old at Miami Open; Nadal loses March 30, 2015

    Key Biscayne: When the ball whizzed past Serena Williams for an ace late in Sunday's match, the subdued crowd suddenly erupted with a roar. Williams said she was tempted to join the applause. Everyone wanted to see her underage, underdog opponent do better. Fifteen-year-old Californian CiCi Bellis lasted only 41 minutes against...
  • Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray advance in Miami Open March 28, 2015

    Key Biscayne: Precocious amateur CiCi Bellis says she's ready to take on the best of the pros - Serena Williams. Bellis, a 15-year-old American who made a big splash at last year's US Open, advanced Friday to a potential third-round match against Williams by beating Zarina Diyas 6-2, 6-1. Williams' second-round match...
  • Rafael Nadal hopes to be ready for Miami despite ankle injury March 25, 2015

    Rafael Nadal is confident he will be ready to compete in this week's Miami Open despite turning his ankle in practice, the second seeded Spaniard said on Tuesday. Nadal spent over an hour practicing on Tuesday and later admitted he was still in pain from twisting his ankle a day earlier...
  • Rafael Nadal returning to Queen's for Wimbledon warmup March 24, 2015

    Rafael Nadal will return to his old routine in a bid to recapture the Wimbledon crown later this year, confirming he has entered the traditional warm-up event at Queen's Club. The Spaniard has played at Queen's five times and on each occasion went on to reach the Wimbledon final a few...
  • Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in three sets to win Indian Wells title March 23, 2015

    Indian Wells, California: Move over Roger Federer, there is another guy with a share of your crown as king of the desert. Novak Djokovic defeated Federer 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2 to win his fourth BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, tying him with Federer for the most titles in the desert...
  • Raonic stuns Nadal, will face Federer in Indian Wells semis March 21, 2015

    Big-serving Milos Raonic fought back from a set down to upset Rafa Nadal 4-6 7-6(10) 7-5 in a pulsating quarter-final at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday. The 24-year-old Canadian's first win over Nadal in six meetings earned him a place in Saturday's semi-finals where he will face Roger Federer, who...
  • Nadal, Federer join Murray in Indian Wells quarters March 19, 2015

    Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday, joining Britain's Andy Murray in the last eight, though Japan's Kei Nishikori crashed out. Federer dispatched American Jack Sock in a 6-3 6-2 victory while Nadal beat Gilles Simon 6-2 6-4. Nadal captured his opening...
  • Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal advance at Indian Wells March 18, 2015

    Indian Wells, California: Roger Federer earned a modicum of revenge against Andreas Seppi in a 6-3, 6-4 triumph that advanced the four-time champion to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday. Federer lost to the Italian at the Australian Open in January but allowed no such repeat as...
  • Misfiring Nadal reaches last 16 at Indian Wells March 18, 2015

    A misfiring Rafa Nadal had trouble hitting the mark but the third seeded Spaniard still had enough to beat American Donald Young 6-4 6-2 on Tuesday and advance to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open. Nadal, a three-time champion at Indian Wells, looked out of sorts in a sloppy...
  • Rafael Nadal beats Juan Monaco in Argentina Open March 2, 2015

    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 March 1, 2015

    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 February 28, 2015

    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 February 28, 2015

    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 February 26, 2015

    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 February 24, 2015

    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...