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  • Rafael Nadal still a contender says advancing Novak Djokovic 5 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 1 week ago

    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...
  • Top players still unsure about best route to Australian Open January 5, 2015

    Plotting a path to the Australian Open has never been trickier or more uncertain. Even the best players are baffled about the best way to prepare for their annual trek Down Under. In a sport where players analyse every tiny detail in the hope of finding an edge and rigidly stick...
  • I've a small problem, his name is Nadal: Novak Djokovic December 9, 2014

    After putting in a brilliant performance on the final day of the Indian leg of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), world number one Novak Djokovic said that he was eyeing the French Open title next year - the only major trophy missing from his cabinet after an impressive 2014. "I...
  • I still see the top three of tennis dominating the game: Pete Sampras December 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras feels that there are lot of young players who can win big events but he still sees the top three - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - dominating the game. "Novak is the obvious choice for the No. 1...
  • Rafael Nadal trains after wrist injury December 6, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has returned to training and has set his sights on the tournaments in Abu Dhabi and Doha to try and prove his fitness ahead of the Australian Open in January. "I began to train two days ago and yesterday, I played tennis for the first...
  • Rafael Nadal to comeback stronger than before, says Carlos Moya December 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Rafael Nadal has managed to win a remarkable 14 Grand Slam titles despite an injury-stricken career and he is only going to come back stronger from his latest setback, feels fellow countryman and former world number one Carlos Moya. Nadal is back to practice following his injury to remove...
  • Rafael Nadal will surprise us again, says Gustavo Kuerten November 25, 2014

    London: Three-times French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten knows what it is like to have a career plagued by injury but believes Rafael Nadal will come back strong from his latest ailments. Spaniard Nadal has not played since a shock defeat by Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon, since when a wrist problem and...
  • Rafael Nadal to open tennis academy in home town in 2016 November 25, 2014

    Madrid: Rafael Nadal will open a tennis academy on his home island of Mallorca in 2016. The 14-time Grand Slam winner has held a groundbreaking ceremony for the academy in his home town of Manacor. Nadal says "this is a special day for me, this project that we have been working...
  • Recuperating Nadal targets Australian Open November 19, 2014

    Madrid: Injured World No. 3 Rafael Nadal said on Wednesday that it is his goal to be fully fit for the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament and competitive enough to challenge for a 15th Grand Slam title. Nadal missed the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour Finals in London after...
  • Nadal criticises Spain's female Davis Cup captain over sexism debate November 19, 2014

    Barcelona: Rafael Nadal criticized Spain's female Davis Cup captain on Tuesday for feeding a "false and absurd" debate that started when his coach and uncle questioned whether a woman could coach in the men's game. The 14-time Grand Slam winner struck out at both captain Gala Leon and the Spanish tennis...
  • Rafael Nadal to return to playing in January November 18, 2014

    Madrid: Rafael Nadal says he will return to playing at the start of the year. The 14-time Grand Slam champion hasn't played since having his appendix removed this month, forcing him to miss the season-ending ATP finals. Nadal says "I will play in Abu Dhabi in January, and after that I will...
  • Rafael Nadal undergoes appendix surgery in Spain November 4, 2014

    Barcelona: Rafael Nadal had successful surgery to remove his appendix on Monday and will remain in the hospital for up to two days to recover. A statement from Nadal's spokesman said the appendectomy was performed at the TEKNON Medical Center in Barcelona by Dr. Segura Movellan and his team. "Everything has gone...
  • Borna Coric upsets Rafael Nadal to reach Swiss Indoors semis October 25, 2014

    Teenager Borna Coric upset second-seeded Rafael Nadal in straight sets on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Swiss Indoors and announce himself as one of the rising stars of tennis. There was no such slip-up for Roger Federer as the top-seeded Swiss remained on course for his sixth title in...
  • Torrid season over as Rafael Nadal opts for surgery October 25, 2014

    Rafael Nadal's announcement on Friday that he will miss the ATP World Tour Finals because of appendicitis ended a difficult year for the Spaniard during which he has endured injury, illness and worrying defeats. The 28-year-old's ninth French Open crown in June stands out like a beacon in the gloom as...
  • Rafael Nadal pulls out of Paris Masters October 24, 2014

    Paris Masters organizers say third-ranked Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the tournament next week for "personal reasons." The organizers did not elaborate. Nadal was playing in the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors in Basel on Friday, his third tournament since Wimbledon, when a wrist injury curtailed his schedule. The Spaniard also needed...
  • Federer opens Basel campaign in style, Nadal progresses October 23, 2014

    Roger Federer began his pursuit for a sixth Swiss Indoors Basel title with an explosive 47-minute 6-2 6-1 victory over Gilles Muller on Wednesday after Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-final with a 6-1 6-1 win against Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Top seed Federer hit 12 winners in a 24-minute first set and the...
  • Rafael Nadal reaches Swiss Indoors quarter-finals October 22, 2014

    Basel: Rafael Nadal continued his comeback from injury with a 6-1, 6-1 win against unheralded Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Wednesday to reach the Swiss Indoors quarter-finals. The second-seeded Spaniard, playing just his third tournament since Wimbledon due to a wrist injury, blasted past Herbert in 57 minutes, breaking the qualifier's serve...
  • Ailing Rafa Nadal eases into Swiss Indoors second round October 21, 2014

    Rafa Nadal did not appear to be affected by his appendicitis problems as he charged into the second round of the Swiss Indoors with a no nonsense 6-2 6-2 win over Simone Bolelli on Monday. The Spanish second seed has been taking antibiotics to delay the need for surgery and was...
  • Rafael Nadal not certain of playing at London finale October 17, 2014

    London: Rafael Nadal says he could miss the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals next month because of appendicitis. The injury-plagued Spaniard, who has only recently returned from a wrist problem, is on antibiotics and hoping to delay surgery for appendicitis until the end of the season. However, with the eight-man London showpiece...
  • Stanislas Wawrinka qualifies for ATP World Tour Finals October 12, 2014

    London: Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka has become the fourth player to qualify for the end-of-season ATP World Tour Finals, the ATP said in a statement on Sunday. The 29-year-old Swiss has enjoyed a career-best season in 2014, winning his maiden grand slam title, and he has accumulated enough points to...
  • Roger Federer wins thriller at Shanghai Masters October 9, 2014

    Shanghai: Roger Federer saved five match points and rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the third-set tiebreaker before finally beating Leonardo Mayer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7) in a thrilling second-round match at the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday. Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, lost to fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 7-6 (6) only days...