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  • Novak Djokovic downs Rafael Nadal to reach Monte Carlo Masters final 7 hours 31 minutes ago

    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 18 hours 48 minutes ago

    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 2 days ago

    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...
  • Rafael Nadal back to favourite surface in Monte Carlo 5 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 1 week ago

    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...