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  • Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal headline field for Indian Wells 2 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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...
  • Rafael Nadal still a contender says advancing Novak Djokovic January 20, 2015

    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 January 19, 2015

    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 January 19, 2015

    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 January 18, 2015

    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...
  • 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...
  • Liverpool losing 'red heartbeat' in Steven Gerrard, says Rafa Benitez January 3, 2015

    Liverpool will be losing their "red heartbeat" when captain Steven Gerrard quits the club at the end of the season, 2005 Champions League-winning manager Rafa Benitez said on Friday. "After hearing the news today that Steven will leave Liverpool ... I wanted to wish him all the best for the future...
  • Manchester United's Rojo injured, Liverpool's Jones to stay in goal December 15, 2014

    Manchester United do not know when Argentine defender Marcos Rojo will be available again after he missed the 3-0 win over Liverpool on Sunday, manager Louis van Gaal said. Van Gaal told reporters that the 24-year-old, signed from Sporting Lisbon in the close-season, was injured in training on Saturday, which meant...
  • 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...