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  • 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...
  • Why the Dassault Rafale will be purchased by the Indian Air Force

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    In 2011, the IAF managed to get the government to revise its sanctioned combat squadron strength upwards to 42 from the previous 39.5. This decision...

  • 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...
  • Australian Open final was 'worst hour and a half on court': Nadal 05-02-2014 09:37 AM

    Madrid: Spanish world No. 1 Rafael Nadal said the Australian Open final, which he lost to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka, was "the worst hour and a half" he ever spent on a tennis court. The 27-year-old Nadal, a 13-time Grand Slam champion, said in an interview with the COPE radio network...
  • Nadal not to miss any tournaments with back injury 29-01-2014 05:18 PM

    Madrid: Rafael Nadal doesn't expect to miss any tournaments as a result of the back injury that contributed to his loss in the Australian Open final. A statement from the world's top-ranked player says he will have another medical exam on Monday after doctors in Barcelona examined his back following...
  • New Australian Open champion Wawrinka now World No. 3 27-01-2014 08:21 PM

    Former Davis Cup coach Enrico Piperno talks about Stanislas Wawrinka's stunning win over World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final. ...
  • Rafael Nadal should recover quickly, says uncle Toni 27-01-2014 06:44 PM

    Madrid: Rafael Nadal should recover from the back problem that wrecked his Australian Open final after a few days rest, his uncle and coach Toni told Spanish radio on Monday. The ailing world number one lost to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's final, preventing the Spaniard drawing level on 14...
  • I never dreamt of lifting a Grand Slam trophy: Stanislas Wawrinka 27-01-2014 10:18 AM

    Melbourne: For 35 Grand Slam tournaments, the words of an Irish poet became something of a mantra for Stan Wawrinka. After one too many defeats, he had them inscribed on his left arm. At each ball toss, if he cared to glance, he could see the words of Samuel Beckett:...
  • Wawrinka wins maiden Grand Slam title, beats Nadal in Australian Open final 26-01-2014 04:49 PM

    Melbourne: Stan Wawrinka held off an injured Rafael Nadal to win his first Grand Slam title with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory on Sunday in the Australian Open final. The 28-year-old Swiss player had never taken a set off Nadal in 12 previous meetings, but attacked from the start...