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  • Spectacular Rafael Marques own goal sets up AC Milan win 2 days ago

    A spectacular own goal by Brazilian defender Rafael Marques, followed by a Keisuke Honda brace gave AC Milan a 3-1 win at Verona in Serie A on Sunday. Marques, facing his own goal, was under no pressure when he tried to hoof away Ignazio Abete's cross but completely miskicked and instead...
  • Rafael Nadal not certain of playing at London finale 4 days ago

    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...
  • Rafael Nadal refuses to give up on Wimbledon July 2, 2014

    London: Rafael Nadal won't turn his back on Wimbledon despite a third successive flop engineered by 19yearold Nick Kyrgios in a frightening glimpse of what the future may hold for the 14time Grand Slam winner. The undisputed king of the French Open, where he has nine titles and owns a staggering...
  • Rafael Nadal stunned by 19yearold Kyrgios at Wimbledon July 1, 2014

    London: Twotime champion Rafael Nadal lost in the fourth round of Wimbledon to 19yearold Nick Kyrgios of Australia 76 (5), 57, 76 (5), 63 on Tuesday. The 144thranked Kyrgios, a wildcard entry, hit 37 aces and delivered a betweenthelegs winner on one point. He is the first man to get to...
  • World Cup 2014: Robben confessed penalty unfair, says Mexico captain June 30, 2014

    Mexico's captain Rafael Marquez said Arjen Robben had admitted to him that the Dutch forward should not have been awarded the penalty that decided Sunday's last16 clash. With extra time looming, the pacey Robben went down in the box under a challenge from defender Marquez, giving the Netherlands a penalty that...
  • Sachin Tendulkar enjoys Nadal match at Wimbledon June 29, 2014

    London: Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday took some time off to enjoy an afternoon at the Wimbledon watching Rafael Nadal in action. Tendulkar was seated in the Royal Box of the Centre Court where he watched the match between Rafael Nadal and Mikhail Kukushkin. Looking dapper in an ink blue suit...
  • Rafael Nadal offers battling example to young players June 29, 2014

    London: Rafael Nadal believes the best example his successful generation have offered upandcoming tennis players is that they never stop battling to beat each other but remain friends off the court. The world number one showed his fighting qualities again on Saturday when he lost the first set to unheralded Kazakh...
  • Rafael Nadal recovers to win against Mikhail Kukushkin at Wimbledon June 28, 2014

    London: Rafael Nadal overcame another slow start at Wimbledon with a 67 (4), 61, 61, 61 win over Mikhail Kukushkin on a rainy Saturday that played havoc with the schedule. Under the closed roof on Centre Court, and with 16 other matches suspended due to the inclement weather, Nadal lost his...
  • Rafael Nadal eyes easier passage to Wimbledon fourth round June 28, 2014

    London: World number one Rafael Nadal, into the third round for the first time since 2011, will be hoping for an easier ride on the Wimbledon grass after two tough rounds when he meets Mikhail Kukushkin on Saturday. He joins three other former Wimbledon champions Roger Federer, Serena Williams and...
  • Nadal rallies against Rosol to avenge 2012 Wimbledon upset June 26, 2014

    London: Rafael Nadal was one point away from falling behind by two sets before rallying Thursday to beat Lukas Rosol, the Czech player who knocked him out at Wimbledon in the same round and on the same court two years ago. The topranked Nadal, a twotime Wimbledon champion, raised his game...
  • Rafael Nadal meets Lukas Rosol in revenge match at Wimbledon June 26, 2014

    French Open champion Rafael Nadal will face his 2012 Wimbledon nemesis, Lukas Rosol, on Thursday, knowing he will have to up his game to avoid another secondround exit at the hands of the Czech world number 52. After a firstround defeat at the All England Club last year, and failure at...
  • Rafael Nadal overcomes openingset loss to advance at Wimbledon June 24, 2014

    London: For a set and a half, Rafael Nadal looked in danger of tumbling out in the first round of Wimbledon for the second year in a row. The lefthander dominating play on Centre Court was not the 14time Grand Slam champion, it was 51stranked Martin Klizan of Slovakia. But the...