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  • Rafael Nadal to face fellow Spaniard at Barcelona Open 23-04-2014 10:10 AM

    Top-ranked Rafael Nadal will look to get his clay court season back on track against Albert Ramos at the Barcelona Open after his fellow Spaniard won on Tuesday in the first round. Ramos beat Nikolay Davydenko of Russia 6-4, 6-4 to set up Wednesday's second-round match against the defending champion...
  • Rafael Nadal looks to put Monte Carlo behind him 22-04-2014 12:04 PM

    Top-ranked Rafael Nadal gets an immediate chance to shake off his surprisingly early exit at the Monte Carlo Masters by going for his ninth Barcelona Open title this week. The Spaniard is hoping to recover his clay-court form after a quarter-final loss to David Ferrer in Monaco, where the eight-time...
  • Rafael Nadal admits he's lacking confidence 18-04-2014 09:48 PM

    Despite going into the Monte Carlo Masters on the back of another impressive unbeaten run on clay, Rafael Nadal admitted six months before his beloved French Open that he has been struggling with his confidence for months. The world number one, who was knocked out in the quarter-finals of the...
  • Rafael Nadal ousted by David Ferrer in Monte Carlo quarters 18-04-2014 06:55 PM

    Monaco: Rafael Nadal lost to Spanish compatriot David Ferrer 7-6 (1), 6-4 in the quarter-finals on Friday, his earliest exit at the Monte Carlo Masters in 11 years. While he beat Nadal just last year, Ferrer hadn't defeated Nadal on clay since 2004. A day after becoming the 11th man...
  • Rafael Nadal battles wardrobe malfunction in Monte Carlo 17-04-2014 09:25 PM

    Rafael Nadal is battling a wardrobe malfunction that has forced him to alter his serving routine at this week's Monte Carlo Masters. When he has failed with his first serve, Nadal has had to ask for another ball rather than plucking one from his shorts, because he has been experiencing...
  • Nadal and Federer breeze into last eight of Monte Carlo 17-04-2014 06:38 PM

    Monaco: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer demonstrated their superior class on clay as they eased into the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday. Claycourt wizard Nadal barely broke a sweat in his 6-1, 6-3 thrashing of Italy's Andreas Seppi while fourth seed Federer recovered from a break in...
  • Stanislas Wawrinka into quarters of Monte Carlo Masters 17-04-2014 04:50 PM

    Swiss third seed Stanislas Wawrinka reached the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters without hitting a ball on Thursday after his third-round opponent Nicolas Almagro withdrew for an unspecified reason. The Australian Open champion advances to meet eighth seed Milos Raonic after the Canadian beat 11th-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-4...
  • Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal into Monte Carlo Masters 3rd round 16-04-2014 07:51 PM

    Monaco: Roger Federer was happier than eight-time champion Rafael Nadal after their straight-sets wins to reach the Monte Carlo Masters third round on Wednesday. Federer took just 52 minutes to beat veteran Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-2, while Nadal overcame a rusty start to put away Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-1. The...
  • Sachin Tendulkar buys Nadal-starring Mumbai franchise of ITPL 15-04-2014 04:03 PM

    After buying the Kochi franchise in Indian Super League (ISL) football, legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has now turned his attention to the IPTL (International Tennis Premier League), with reports suggesting that Tendulkar has bought the Mumbai franchise of the tennis league as well. According to reports in SportsKeeda, Tendulkar...
  • Djokovic looks to maintain edge over Nadal in Monaco 13-04-2014 08:44 PM

    Monaco: Novak Djokovic looks to continue his recent dominance over arch-rival Rafael Nadal at the Monte Carlo Masters, where he beat the Spaniard in the final last year, and boost his confidence heading into the French Open. Monte Carlo is the first of three Masters tournaments played on clay and...
  • Manchester United hoping to conquer Munich in Champions League 09-04-2014 09:13 AM

    Munich: Bayern Munich's longest winless run for three years and poor recent home record against English opposition have suddenly made Manchester United's task on Wednesday look a lot less daunting than it was when the draw was made. Bayern will also be without three key midfielders, including Bastian Schweinsteiger, for...
  • Osasuna win 2-1 at Almeria to escape drop zone 05-04-2014 08:48 AM

    Almeria: Osasuna won 2-1 at Almeria to escape the Spanish league's relegation zone and push the hosts into danger on Friday. Osasuna's first win in seven games lifted them from 18th into a provisional 14th place among a group of teams fighting to avoid the drop. Almeria fell into the...
  • Rafael Nadal impatient for return to favoured clay courts 02-04-2014 08:13 PM

    Rafael Nadal is eager to get back to his favoured clay after what he called a "good but not fantastic" start to the year with two titles and two runners-up spots, the world number one said on Wednesday. Spaniard Nadal, 27, won on the hard courts in Doha at the...
  • Novak Djokovic shuts down Nadal, wins his 4th title in Miami 31-03-2014 08:15 AM

    Miami: Serbian Novak Djokovic on Sunday won his fourth Masters 1,000 in Key Biscayne, defeating Spain's Rafael Nadal with a double 6-3 result in the final of the Sony Open. Djokovic aggressively put away the Spaniard - who is now 0-4 in his attempts to win at Key Biscayne -...
  • Nadal advances to Sony final; Berdych withdraws 29-03-2014 11:59 PM

    Key Biscayne: No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic advanced to the Sony Open final without playing a point on Friday. Both received walkovers when their semi-final opponents withdrew for health reasons. That left Nadal and Djokovic to play for the title on Sunday in their 40th career...
  • Rafael Benitez hits back at Jose Mourinho 29-03-2014 11:14 PM

    Napoli manager Rafael Benitez hit back at Jose Mourinho on Saturday after the Chelsea boss claimed his predecessor had presided over a poor season for the Premier League leaders. "Mourinho speaks a lot about a lot of people, but I prefer to talk about the facts. At Liverpool we eliminated...
  • Ruthless Rafael Nadal continues Miami rampage 25-03-2014 10:07 AM

    World number one Rafael Nadal continued his ruthless rampage through the Sony Open on Monday, crushing Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 6-1, 6-0 to reach the fourth round at Crandon Park. Also through to the next round is Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka, who looked sharp in a no-nonsense 7-5, 6-4 win...
  • Nadal rolls into third round at Sony Open 24-03-2014 09:39 AM

    Miami: Spanish world No. 1 Rafael Nadal rolled to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, advancing to the third round of the Sony Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Centre in Key Biscayne, Florida. "For me, to be back after two years, it's a great way to be...
  • Stepanek sets up Nadal clash at Indian Wells 07-03-2014 11:15 AM

    Top seed Rafael Nadal will open his Indian Wells title defence against Radek Stepanek after the Czech overcame a poor second set to beat Denis Istomin 6-1 3-6 6-1 in the first round on Thursday. Stepanek, ranked 50th in the world, was broken only once and did not double fault...
  • Nadal, Djokovic and Sampras to take part in International Tennis Premier League 01-03-2014 10:22 AM

    The World number one Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the lead names who will be taking part in the inaugural International Tennis Premier League (ITPL). The league will also see the legends Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi performing at the maiden tennis league event. However, Roger Federer and Maria...
  • Nadal to earn $1 million a night in Bhupathi's IPL-style tennis league 26-02-2014 09:21 AM

    World No 1 Rafael Nadal is believed to have committed to the controversial new International Premier Tennis League developed by Indian doubles tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi. According to a report in The Telegraph, Nadal will become the highest-profile player involved in the launch of the competition at an auction among...
  • Rafael Nadal wins Rio Open, Nara takes women's title 24-02-2014 09:08 AM

    Rio de Janerio: Rafael Nadal returned from a troublesome back injury to win the Rio Open on Sunday, defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 7-6 (3). Nadal's victory comes four weeks after losing the Australian Open final to underdog Stanislas Wawrinka after tweaking his back while warming up. Nadal, who...
  • Rafael Nadal survives scare to reach Rio final 23-02-2014 08:54 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: Top-ranked Rafael Nadal survived a scare at the Rio Open on Saturday, fighting off two match points before defeating fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10) to advance to the final. Nadal will next face Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, who upset second-seeded David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4...
  • Usain Bolt, Cristiano Ronaldo fighting for Laureus World Sports Awards 22-02-2014 10:03 AM

    London: Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt, Rafael Nadal, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sebastian Vettel are among the top favourites to win the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, to be announced in Kuala Lumpur on March 26. The list of contenders also includes Argentine footballer Lionel Messi, NBA player LeBron James,...
  • Top-seeded Rafael Nadal, No. 2 David Ferrer into Rio semi-finals 22-02-2014 09:30 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: Top-seeded Rafael Nadal reached the semi-finals of the Rio Open, showing no problems with a sore back in defeating Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-1, 6-0 on Friday. No. 1-ranked Nadal, in his first tournament since losing the Australian Open final, played his best match in Brazil and...
  • No back problem as Rafael Nadal enter quarters in Rio 21-02-2014 09:25 AM

    Rio de Janerio: Rafael Nadal showed no problem with his tender back in his second match since returning from the injury, defeating fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Rio Open on Thursday. The No. 1-ranked Nadal tweaked his back warming up for the Australian...
  • Nadal back with win in first round of Rio Open 19-02-2014 09:23 AM

    Rio de Janerio: Rafael Nadal showed no signs of a tender back on Tuesday, defeating fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of the Rio Open. It was No. 1-ranked Nadal's first match since losing three weeks ago in the Australia Open final against Stanislas Wawrinka, a...
  • Rafael Nadal to play in Rio Open 15-02-2014 09:35 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: World No.1 Rafael Nadal has confirmed he will play in next week's Rio Open after recovering from a back injury. The 27-year-old winner of 13 Grand Slam titles had been sidelined since his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the final of the Australian Open last month, reports...
  • Rafael Nadal pulls out of Buenos Aires tournament 07-02-2014 07:40 AM

    Barcelona: Rafael Nadal will miss next week's ATP tournament in Buenos Aires following a stomach bug that has hindered his recovery from the back injury he sustained at the Australian Open. "I had a stomach virus that has not allowed me to train this morning (Thursday) and I have had...
  • Nadal recovering well from back complaint, tests show 05-02-2014 10:48 AM

    Madrid: Rafael Nadal is recovering well from the back problem that wrecked his Australian Open final last month and plans to start training again on Thursday in his native Mallorca, his team said on Tuesday. World number one Nadal lost to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the Melbourne final, preventing the...