(April 18, 2014) Rafael Nadal will not be winning his ninth Monte Carlo this year. The eight-time champion fell to Spanish countryman David Ferrer 7-6(1), 6-4 in the quarterfinals on Friday. The last time the world No. 1 lost in the quarterfinals of Monte-Carlo was in 2003.
For Ferrer it was his first clay court win over Nadal in 10 years. Ferrer will play No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka...
(April 17, 2014) No. 1 Rafael Nadal moved into 10th place on the all-time win list on clay when he notched his 300 career win on the surface on Thursday defeating Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-3 at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic dismissed Pablo Carreno Busta 6-0, 6-1 in 45 minutes. Djokovic has lost a total of two games in reaching the quarterfinals of...
(April 16, 2014) The top seeds had easy wins on Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters. No. 1 Rafael Nadal rebounded from 1-3 down in the first set to stop Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-1. Roger Federer took just 52 minutes to put out Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-2, while countryman Stanislas Wawrinka destroyed Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-2 in 45 minutes.
Eight-time Monte Carlo champion...
MONACO (AP) Novak Djokovic looks to continue his recent dominance over archrival 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.
World number one Rafael Nadal proved his talent doesn’t begin and end at tennis, coming out on top 20 points to 18 against opponents from around the world, in charity event hosted by PokerStars. The Spaniard, who is used to a fast and furious pace on the tennis court, showed some real talent for fast-fold poker on his way to victory in a tournament that resulted in PokerStars donating...
Novak Djokovic photo by MiamiTennisNews.com
By Kevin Ware
(March 30, 2014) KEY BISCAYNE – In a result that few expected, Novak Djokovic handily beat Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3 in the Sony Open men’s final for his fourth title in Miami (2007, 2011, 2012, 2014). This win is also his fourth Masters Series title win in a row (Shanghai, Paris, Indian Wells, Miami), and his second Indian...
A big congrats is in order to Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic for their Miami titles. This is the last big hard court tournament for a while as we move onto clay. Djokovic will hope his win over Rafael Nadal is a sign of things to come.
I've always liked the photos the Sony Open takes of their champions. I fondly remember Andy Murray running with seagulls along the beach...
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Novak Djokovic stretched like a rubber band to hit a backhand. He sprinted into the other corner and scooped out forehands as if he was wielding a shovel. He ran forward to slice a ball off his shoetops. And he flicked a difficult half-volley past a weary Rafael Nadal for a winner.
That was just on the last point.
With superior offense and defense, Djokovic...
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Top-ranked Rafael Nadal advanced to the Sony Open semifinals by hitting a flurry of forehand winners down the stretch to beat Milos Raonic 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday.
Nadal, who is 0-3 in Key Biscayne finals, needs one more win to get there again. His opponent Friday night will be No. 7-seeded Tomas Berdych, who advanced by beating No. 22 Alexandr Dolgopolov...
(March 24, 2014) Rafael Nadal may have received a warning for slow play, but he made quick work of disposing of Denis Istomin 6-1, 6-0 in 59 minutes to reach the fourth round of the Sony Open on Monday.
“I played a very complete match,” the world No. 1 said. “Talking about the things that you can do well in the tennis court, today I think I did the most ‑‑ not every...
(March 22, 2014) Rafael Nadal dominated Lleyton Hewitt on Saturday night 6-1, 6-3 at the Sony Open.
Back on Thursday Hewitt joined Nadal and Roger Federer as the only active players with 600 or more career wins on the ATP World Tour.
Lleyton Hewitt Reaches 600th Win Milestone
“I think I played a solid match with not many mistakes,” Nadal explained. “It’s true that I am...
(March 21, 2014) No. 1 Rafael Nadal opens up his campaign to try and win his first Sony Open on Saturday when he meets 33-year-old veteran and former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt on Saturday day night in Key Biscayne.
“I think he’s a great inspiration for a lot of players after winning a lot of things as he did, and having a lot of physical problems he’s able to keep competing with...
(March 10, 2014) INDIAN WELLS – Defending champion Rafael Nadal fell to Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday. It proved to be a bad day for defending champions as Maria Sharapova was upset on Stadium 1 in the match before Nadal.
It was just last month in Rio that the Spaniard beat the 27th seed for the...
It's always pretty chill here at the BNP Paribas Open, which is probably one of the most relaxed tournaments on the tour, however, that all changes the moment Rafael Nadal walks onto the practice courts. The trademark "Cali Cool" vibe of the tourney flips upside down and I swear you would think you were at a U2 concert as his die-hard fans scream his name and applaud...
Not mad at you Raffy, not mad at you at all.
Stop making that Eli face though. Nadal’s girlfriend is the lovely Maria Xisca Perello
Surfaces provide variety and challengesTennis is played on a variety of surfaces. The most common is the hard court, sometimes known as har-tru, also seen in other iterations such as DecoTurf, Plexicushion, and plain old concrete. Then there’s clay, which also takes a number of forms, though the most common are the green that you see in most country clubs and the red of Roland...
(February 27, 2014) Associated Press reports that World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and Soccer legend Ronaldo are pairing up in Brazil.
The soccer star’s marketing agency said on Thursday it will manage the Spaniard’s advertising contracts in Brazil.
The “non-exclusive” agreement was made with Goramendi Siglo XXI, which deals with Nadal’s image rights worldwide.
Football great Ronaldo and Rafael Nadal are teaming up in Brazil.
Ronaldo's sports marketing agency announced on Thursday it has reach a deal to manage Nadal's advertising contracts in Brazil.
The agency said the ''non-exclusive'' agreement was reached with Goramendi Siglo XXI, which handles the tennis player's image rights worldwide.
Ronaldo said in...
Via AP on Fox
February 27, 2014
(February 23, 2014) Rafael Nadal won his 62nd title defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-6 (3) to win the Rio Open title.
With the title Nadal equals Hall of Famer Guillermo Vilas with 62 titles, tied for 7th on the Open era title leaders list. This puts the Spaniard two titles behind Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras.
Nadal is now 16-1 on the year, his lone defeat coming in the final...
Rafael Nadal returned from a troublesome back injury to win the Rio Open on Sunday, defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-6 (3).
Nadal's victory comes four weeks after he lost the Australian Open, beaten in that final by underdog Stanislas Wawrinka after tweaking his back while warming up.
Nadal, who had to fend off two match points in the semifinal against Pablo Andujar, looked...
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February 23, 2014
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal will face Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine in the final of the Rio Open.
Nadal got a scare before defeating fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10) on Saturday. Dolgopolov pulled an upset, beating second-seeded David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4 on Rio's outdoor clay.
Nadal has been almost unbeatable on clay. His last loss on the surface was 10 months ago...
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February 22, 2014
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 Open final, which he lost almost four weeks ago in a major upset against Stanislas Wawrinka.
Via AP on Fox
February 19, 2014
(February 18, 2014) Showing no signs of a back injury which hampered him in losing last month’s Australian Open final, No. 1 Rafael Nadal playing his first match since, defeated Spanish countryman Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 7-5 in his opening round match on Tuesday at the Rio Open.
For Nadal who was playing his 800th ATP World Tour match, it kept his record playing in Brazil...
Rafael Nadal showed no signs of a tender back 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 he lost three weeks ago in the Australia Open final against Stanislas Wawrinka, a match the Spaniard was a heavy favorite to win.
Nadal tweaked his back warming up for the final in Australia...
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February 18, 2014
(February 15, 2014) Rafael Nadal fulfilled his promise. On Friday during his news conference at the Rio Open, the Spaniard said he would like to make the most of his stay in Rio de Janeiro and visit some famous tourist attractions. This Saturday, after practicing with Thomaz Bellucci, the world No. 1 went to the Christ the Redeemer, one of the new seven wonders of the world, in...