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Serena beats Azarenka to reach Madrid quarters, Nadal wins

MADRID (AP) Victoria Azarenka squandered triple match point, double-faulting on the last one, and Serena Williams rallied to reach the Madrid Open quarterfinals with a 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (1) win on Wednesday. Trying to serve out the match at 6-5 in the deciding set, Azarenka double-faulted on the final three points to gift Williams the game. Williams then dominated the tiebreaker...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wimbledon announces exciting changes for 2015

The All England Club announced several intriguing changes for this year’s Wimbledon at their Annual Spring Press Conference, held Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. BST. Prize money once again increased at Wimbledon by a considerable seven percent. Competitors at the third Grand Slam of the year will receive a total of 26.75 million pounds ($40.60 million). This purse will surpass last year’s...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal aims to progress as far as possible in Barcelona Open

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Rafael Nadal is fully focused on progressing as far as possible in this week's Barcelona Open, which he refers to as his home tournament. The eight-time former champion says he is wary of his first round match which could see him play fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro or Italy's Paolo Lorenzi. Nadal, who is seeded second, behind defending champion Kei Nishikori...
Via AP on Fox
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Monte Carlo Review: Novak Djokovic Creates Great Expectations On The Road To Roland Garros

Every tournament matters. Every non-exhibition competition in sports possesses value. Every time professionals take the court — in tennis or any other endeavor — they enhance their levels of integrity to the extent that they take pride in their work, putting in an honest day’s effort for an honest day’s pay. If one dares to flatly declare, or merely suggest, that some competitions...
Via Attacking The Net
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Monte Carlo Review: Novak Djokovic Creates Great Expectations On The Road To Roland Garros

Every tournament matters. Every non-exhibition competition in sports possesses value. Every time professionals take the court — in tennis or any other endeavor — they enhance their levels of integrity to the extent that they take pride in their work, putting in an honest day’s effort for an honest day’s pay. If one dares to flatly declare, or merely suggest, that some competitions...
Via Bloguin Best
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Djokovic-Nadal rivalry continues in Monte Carlo SF

Tennis fans rejoice! The Tennis Gods have blessed us with a matchup between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 5 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals at Monte Carlo. Saturday’s matchup will be their first head-to-head meeting in more than 300 days and their 43rd overall. Nadal leads the historic rivalry 23-19 and dominates the Serb 14-4 on clay. In their last two meetings in 2014, Nadal lost...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal to begin Wimbledon preparations at Stuttgart

  Rafael Nadal will begin his Wimbledon preparations at the Mercedes Cup in June as the Stuttgart tournament makes the switch from clay to grass courts. Organizers say Nadal will bid to become the first player the win the event three times after lifting the trophy in 2005 and 2007 on red clay at the Weissenhof club. U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic of Croatia, Feliciano Lopez of Spain...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal to begin Wimbledon preparations at Stuttgart

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Rafael Nadal will begin his Wimbledon preparations at the Mercedes Cup in June as the Stuttgart tournament makes the switch from clay to grass courts. Organizers say Nadal will bid to become the first player the win the event three times after lifting the trophy in 2005 and 2007 on red clay at the Weissenhof club. U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic of Croatia...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal, Wawrinka cruise into third round at Monte Carlo Masters

MONACO -- Rafael Nadal is back on the clay he loves so much. Nadal, who has a mediocre 16-5 record this year, got the flawless start he was hoping for Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters, beating 21-year-old wild-card entry Lucas Pouille 6-2, 6-1 in the second round. The Spaniard won eight consecutive titles in Monte Carlo from 2005-12 but has been struggling recently, dropping...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Djokovic vs. Nadal: who’s currently the best?

Novak Djokovic has now spent an astounding142 weeks of his career atop the Emirates ATP Rankings. With this accomplishment, Djokovic moved into outright sixth place in a list of players who have spent the most weeks ranked No. 1. The 27-year-old Serbian has now passed current world No. 5 Rafael Nadal’s record of 141 weeks. Now that Djokovic has transcended Nadal in the amount of...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal happy to be back on clay for Monte Carlo Masters

  Does Rafael Nadal remain the King of Clay? That's the big question surrounding the 14-time Grand Slam winner as the world's best players gather in Monte Carlo this week for the first Masters of the season played on clay. Relaxed, tanned and smiling, the former top-ranked Nadal looks more than happy to return to his favorite surface after a mediocre start to the season during which...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

King of Clay: Nadal back to favorite surface in Monte Carlo

MONACO (AP) Does Rafael Nadal remain the King of Clay? That's the big question surrounding the 14-time Grand Slam winner as the world's best players gather in Monte Carlo this week for the first Masters of the season played on clay. Relaxed, tanned and smiling, the former top-ranked Nadal looks more than happy to return to his favorite surface after a mediocre start to the season...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Monte Carlo Rolex Masters title up for grabs

After months of thrilling hard-court play, the road to Roland Garros begins Sunday with the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Monte Carlo is the first of three Masters 1000 tournaments played on clay before the second Grand Slam of the year. It’s the chance for the big guns within the top ten to make a victorious first impression for this year’s clay season. In previous years it seemed...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Spain Claims Highest Percentage Of International Ticket Sales as Rafael Nadal Goes For Five-Straight French Open Titles

The master of clay, Rafael Nadal, won the 113th edition of the French Open at Roland-Garros last year. Nadal turned his four-year streak into a five-year streak by defeating Novak Djokovic in the finals. It was Nadal’s ninth French Open title and his 14th Grand Slam title. The French Open is the second Grand Slam event of the season. Tickets to the French Open men’s final are...
Via Attacking The Net
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Fernando Verdasco sends Rafael Nadal packing at Miami Open

  Rafael Nadal was eliminated Sunday in the third round of the Miami Open by fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. Nadal, who was seeded second, has never won the tournament in 11 appearances. It's the only event he hasn't won in so many attempts. Verdasco, seeded 29th, lost the first 13 times he played Nadal but has now beaten him twice in a row. The other victory came...
Via AP on Fox
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Nadal says ankle injury won't keep him from Miami Open

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Rafael Nadal expects to compete at the Miami Open this week despite turning his left ankle in practice on Monday. Nadal has a bye and isn't scheduled to play until a second-round match on Friday. The third-ranked Nadal will play the winner of the match between Nicolas Almagro of Spain and Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine. ''It's for sure I'm going to be on court...
Via AP on Fox
March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Nadal: Ankle injury won't keep him from Miami Open

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Rafael Nadal says he'll compete at the Miami Open despite turning his left ankle in practice on Monday. Nadal has a bye and isn't scheduled to play until a second-round match on Friday. The third-ranked Nadal will play the winner of the match between Nicolas Almagro of Spain and Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine. Nadal, who has reached four Miami finals but never...
Via AP on Fox
March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal to play at Queen's Club, ending three-year absence

  Rafael Nadal says he will play at this year's Queen's Club, ending his three-year absence at the grass-court tournament. Nadal, who lifted the trophy in 2008, has gone on to reach the Wimbledon final following every appearance at the event that is traditionally seen as a warm-up to the SW19 championships. ''I always loved playing at The Queen's Club and I am very happy that I...
Via AP on Fox
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Nadal to play at Queen's Club ending three-year absence

LONDON (AP) Rafael Nadal says he will play at this year's Queen's Club, ending his three-year absence at the grass-court tournament. Nadal, who lifted the trophy in 2008, has gone on to reach the Wimbledon final following every appearance at the event that is traditionally seen as a warm-up to the SW19 championships. ''I always loved playing at The Queen's Club and I am very happy...
Via AP on Fox
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Palm Springs Hotels As Low As $56 For BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells

The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California will feature some top tennis talent. This is the first time that Men’s Tennis’ “Big Four” have claimed the top four seeds at the BNP Paribas Open. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray will headline an exciting field of the best players in Men’s and Women’s Tennis. The Open will last from March 9th...
Via Attacking The Net
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal beats Juan Monaco to win Argentina Open

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Rafael Nadal won his first title in nearly nine months Sunday after defeating Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-1 at the Argentina Open. The top-seeded Spaniard hadn't reached a final since winning at Roland Garros last year. It was Nadal's 46th title on clay, moving him within three of the record set by Argentine Guillermo Vilas when he played in the 1970s and early...
Via AP on Fox
March 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Nadal beats Monaco to win 1st title in nearly 9 months

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Rafael Nadal lifted his first title in nearly nine months Sunday after defeating Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-1 at the Argentina Open. The top-seeded Spaniard hadn't reached a final since winning at Roland Garros last year. It was Nadal's 46th title on clay, moving him within three of the record set by Argentine Guillermo Vilas when he played in the 1970s and...
Via AP on Fox
March 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Argentina Open: Nadal to face off with Monaco in final

  Rafael Nadal beat Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Saturday, setting up a final against Juan Monaco at the Argentina Open. If he wins Sunday, Nadal will tie Guillermo Vilas for the most clay-court titles with 46. The top-seeded Nadal was on the brink of losing the first set against the 74th-ranked Berlocq, falling 6-1 to the Argentine in the tiebreak, but the Spaniard won eight...
Via AP on Fox
March 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Nadal to play Monaco in final of Argentina Open

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Rafael Nadal beat Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Saturday, setting up a final against Juan Monaco at the Argentina Open. If he wins Sunday, Nadal will tie Guillermo Vilas for the most clay-court titles with 46. The top-seeded Nadal was on the brink of losing the first set against the 74th-ranked Berlocq, falling 6-1 to the Argentine in the tiebreak,...
Via AP on Fox
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Nadal beats Delbonis to reach Argentina Open semifinals

  Rafael Nadal cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Federico Delbonis on Friday, advancing to the semifinals of the Argentina Open. The top-seeded Spaniard needed just over an hour to defeat the 59th-ranked Argentine at the clay-court tournament in Buenos Aires. Nadal will next face another local in Carlos Berlocq, who beat Blaz Rola of Slovenia 6-1, 6-3. In the other semifinal on...
Via AP on Fox
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss
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