RAFAEL NADAL

  • Rafael Nadal will surprise us again, says Gustavo Kuerten 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

    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...
  • 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...
  • Rafael Nadal to play Shanghai Masters despite appendicitis October 7, 2014

    Shanghai: Rafael Nadal is counting on antibiotics to control his appendicitis so he can get through the Shanghai Masters this week. The second-ranked Nadal began feeling pain in his abdomen late Saturday, and the next day went to the hospital where the doctors confirmed he had the early stages of appendicitis. Nadal...
  • Nadal stunned by Klizan in China, injured Serena out October 3, 2014

    Beijing: Rafael Nadal's return to action came to a shuddering halt on Friday when the Spaniard was beaten by Slovakia's Martin Klizan in a late-night quarter-final duel at the China Open. After world number one Novak Djokovic had continued his march through the draw to set up a mouth watering semi-final...
  • Rafael Nadal reaches China Open quarters October 2, 2014

    Rafael Nadal is back in form on the tennis court - and in his sharp-tongued critiques of the ATP tour. The second-seeded Spaniard reached his first quarter-final since capturing his record ninth French Open title in June with a 6-3, 6-4 win over German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk at the China Open...
  • Rafael Nadal dominates in return at China Open October 1, 2014

    Beijing: Rafael Nadal made a dominant return to tennis after a two-month injury layoff, beating Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-0 at the China Open on Tuesday. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also advanced to the second round in vastly different fashion. The top-ranked Djokovic improved to 20-0 at the China Open with...
  • Rafael Nadal returns from wrist injury at China Open September 27, 2014

    Beijing: Rafael Nadal says the injured right wrist that sidelined him for two months and caused him to miss the US Open is feeling better and he's ready to compete again. Nadal hasn't played a match since losing in the fourth round of Wimbledon to Australian Nick Kyrgios. He injured his...
  • Nadal's coach criticises female Davis Cup captain September 23, 2014

    Madrid: Rafael Nadal's coach has criticized the appointment of a woman as the captain of Spain's Davis Cup team. Toni Nadal, Rafael's coach and uncle, tells Onda Cero radio "it is preferable that (the Davis Cup captain) is someone with a background in the world of men's tennis." He says "the men's...
  • Uncle Nadal puzzled as Spain pick female Davis Cup captain September 23, 2014

    Toni Nadal has given a lukewarm response to the decision by the Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) to appoint former women's Tour player Gala Leon as Spain's new Davis Cup captain. The RFET handed the 40yearold Leon responsibility for the country's Davis Cup team following Carlos Moya's decision to step aside last...
  • Rafael Nadal withdraws from International Premier Tennis League September 22, 2014

    Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the inaugural International Premier Tennis League competition, citing health reasons. Veteran Indian player Mahesh Bhupathi posted on Twitter on Monday that Nadal had withdrawn before Team India was due to be announced in New Delhi. The IPTL later confirmed that the 28yearold Spaniard wouldn't be playing in...
  • Novak Djokovic still favourite for US Open, says John McEnroe August 21, 2014

    Roger Federer is the form player going into next week's US Open but Novak Djokovic is favourite to win the title for a second time, according to former champion John McEnroe. Federer, who reigned supreme at Flushing Meadows with five consecutive titles from 2004, won the Cincinnati title last week on...
  • Defending champion Rafael Nadal out of US Open August 18, 2014

    Rafael Nadal will not defend his title at the U.S. Open because of an injured right wrist. Nadal and the tournament announced his withdrawal on Monday, a week before the year's last Grand Slam tournament begins. The 27yearold Spaniard was hurt July 29 while practicing on his home island of Mallorca ahead...
  • Rafael Nadal yet to decide on US Open participation August 12, 2014

    Majorca: Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is recovering from a wrist injury, said he will decide latest by Saturday whether he can take part in the US Open to defend the title he won last year against Serb Novak Djokovic. "My dream is being there and I will work for...
  • Rafael Nadal aiming to recover for US Open August 11, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal on Monday said he is working hard to be able to play in the US Open, although he admits doubts over his backhand may be decisive in keeping him from defending the title he won last year. The World No.2 was forced to pull out...
  • Djokovic trying for elusive Cincinnati title August 11, 2014

    Mason, Ohio: Novak Djokovic gets another chance at the one that keeps getting away. Four times, the world's No. 1 player has reached the final of the Western & Southern Open. He's finished as the runnerup all four times in the only Masters tournament where he has never gotten to raise...
  • Rafael Nadal out of two tournaments because of wrist injury July 31, 2014

    Rafael Nadal withdrew on Wednesday from US Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting in doubt his status for a title defense at the year's last Grand Slam tournament. The secondranked Nadal plays lefthanded, but he uses a twohanded backhand. He said in a statement issued...
  • Watch: Wimbledon can wait. There's a game called 'Wimbjuggledon' where Rafael Nadal is this year's champion! July 18, 2014

    Did you know there's a game called 'Wimbjuggledon'? It's just like Wimbledon, only less serious. The game is a cross between tennis and juggling and has just one rule: the ball can't hit the grass. Rafael Nadal may not have been able to win this year's Wimbledon, but he wins...
  • US Open singles champions to get record 3 million dollars July 9, 2014

    White Plains: The 2014 US Open men's and women's singles champions will earn a record $3 million apiece this year. The US Tennis Association also announced on Wednesday that the total purse for the tournament will be $38.3 million, an increase of 11.7 per cent from $34.3 million last year. The...