Nadal into semifinals in Argentina; sets up match with Thiem

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Defending champion Rafael Nadal has reached the semifinals of the Argentina Open with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory over Paolo Lorenzi of Italy on clay in the Argentine capital. It followed Nadal's defeat of Juan Monaco on Thursday. The Spaniard and former world No. 1 will get a tough test on Saturday against Dominic Thiem, a 22-year-old Austrian and one of...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nadal beats Juan Monaco to reach Argentina quarterfinals

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Former No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal beat Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Argentina Open. Nadal will face Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, who defeated Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to advance. David Ferrer of Spain and Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas also reached the quarterfinals in the clay court event. Second-seeded Ferrer had a 6...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

It's only February, but we have the greatest tennis shot of the year

Dustin Brown, a Jamaican-German tennis player who had been best known for his long dreadlocks and circus shots until he defeated Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon last year, went back to his wheelhouse on Wednesday during a small Challenger event in Italy. Brown was serving early in the match against world No. 212 Aldin Setnic. Up a break and 30-0, Brown went for a serve-and-volley that...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

UConn women’s basketball dominates again: You got a problem with that?

Monday night in Columbia, South Carolina, the Connecticut women’s basketball program entered its 22nd 1-versus-2 game. The Huskies’ record in their first 21 such encounters: 18-3. The 2016 edition of the Huskies didn’t exactly have an easy task in front of them in the attempt to push that record to 19-3. UConn faced an unbeaten opponent, a team which came within one shot of...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Novak Djokovic is just not fair

When a remarkable athlete performs at his best, a turn of phrase which most readily comes to mind is “a cheat code.” That’s what Novak Djokovic has become. He reminded us of this reality on Thursday night in Melbourne. In 2011, Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon final in four sets. With the win, Djokovic took over the World No. 1 spot from Nadal and continued...
Via Attacking The Net
16 days ago  |  Discuss

New year, old result: Serena beats Sharapova at Aussie Open

To appreciate Serena Williams’s 18th straight win over Maria Sharapova — achieved on Tuesday in the Australian Open women’s singles quarterfinals — you need to take a journey into the recent past. One year ago, the Australian Open concluded with a magnificent match between two women who — though owning a very different number of major trophies (21 for Serena, 5 for Sharapova...
Via The Comeback
18 days ago  |  Discuss

The economy of tennis and the “next match fallacy”

One relatively common, pervasive and durable component of tennis analysis — especially in relationship to the practice of predicting outcomes — is the citation of a player’s form. He’s the more in-form player at the moment. Based on current form, she should be the favorite. The idea is easy enough to understand, and it’s not wildly irresponsible to use it when trying to...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open 2016: Day 2 Men’s Results, Highlights, First-Round Scores

The first round of the 2016 Australian Open ended Tuesday, and one of the best players in the world went home early. Rafael Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam champion, was upset in five sets by Fernando Verdasco. It’s only the second time Nadal has been upset in Round 1 of a major tournament. There were no other significant upsets Tuesday. All four semifinalists from last year — Novak...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Australian Open Results: Rafael Nadal Upset In Round 1 By Fernando Verdasco

Rafael Nadal’s 2016 season couldn’t have started any worse. The 14-time Grand Slam tournament champion was knocked out in the opening round of the 2016 Australian Open to unseeded Fernando Verdasco on Tuesday. Fernando Verdasco smacks 87 winners in a stunning upset of Rafael Nadal – winning 7-6(6) 4-6 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2 #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/9lIh0ththr — Australian Open...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open: Rafael Nadal’s Decline Continues in Opening-Round Loss

We have our first major upset in the new season of Grand Slam tennis. Fernando Verdasco outlasted No. 5 seed Rafael Nadal in a 4:41 shocker during the Australian Open’s first round in Melbourne Park. The ramifications will loom over the next four months, leading up to the French Open. This come-from-ahead defeat — Rafa led two sets to one — showcased all of Nadal’s question...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal bounced by countryman in hair-raising, 5-set thriller in Round 1

MELBOURNE, AustraliaFernando Verdasco has knocked fifth-seeded Rafael Nadal out of the opening Grand Slam of the season, beating his fellow Spanish lefthander 7-6 (6), 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the first round.It reversed an epic 5-hour, 14-minute semifinal the pair played in 2009 at Melbourne Park, which Nadal won in five sets and went on to take the title.Verdasco clinched the...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Grigor Dimitrov channels Rafael Nadal with sleeveless Australian Open get-up

The first day of the Australian Open went more or less according to form on the court, with the most surprising result Monday being No. 16 seed Caroline Wozniacki's first-round demise. That gave us plenty of time to focus on other matters, like what folks were wearing. And Grigor Dimitrov, you win so far.Dimitrov, the Bulgarian seeded No. 27 on the men's side was sporting the sleeveless...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open men’s preview: 5 big questions

The 2016 Australian Open is here, and while injury questions are enough to create some intrigue on the women’s side, the men’s tournament has one and only one clear favorite. Everyone else is playing for semifinal or runner-up rankings points… at least, it certainly feels that way. That said, how many people expected Stan Wawrinka to win last year’s French Open? How many...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

How Rafa Can Find His Form In 2016

Rafael Nadal has been at the top of the tennis world for over a decade now. His raw speed, athleticism, and monster forehand made him one of if not the single most feared player on tour. On top of that, he has been described as one of the fiercest competitors the sport has ever seen. But after winning just three titles, not making it past the quarterfinals in any of the four Grand...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Novak Djokovic dominates Rafael Nadal in Qatar Open final

Heading into Saturday, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal had met 46 times, deadlocked at 23 wins apiece. Djokovic broke that tie in the final of the Qatar Open, beating Nadal, 6-1, 6-2. The win continues a recent trend in the rivalry. Djokovic has emerged victorious in his last five meetings with Nadal, all in straight sets. Djokovic swept Nadal in 2015, including a win at the French...
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January 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Djokovic touches perfection in crushing Nadal in Qatar final

DOHA, Qatar (AP) After being crushed by Novak Djokovic 6-1, 6-2 in the Qatar Open final on Saturday, Rafael Nadal admired the Serb's handiwork. ''I played against a player who did everything perfect,'' Nadal said. ''I know nobody playing tennis like this ever. Since I know this sport, I never saw somebody playing at this level. ''When I say perfect, it's not one thing in particular...
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January 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Djokovic crushes Nadal in Qatar Open final

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Novak Djokovic won his first title of the year by dominating Rafael Nadal 6-1, 6-2 in the Qatar Open final on Saturday. This marked Djokovic's 16th straight final since the Serbian lost in the Qatar Open quarterfinals last year. Going into the final, Djokovic and Nadal were tied at 23 wins apiece in their career meetings, the most between any players in ATP Tour...
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January 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Djokovic to play Nadal in final of Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Novak Djokovic will play Rafael Nadal in the final of the Qatar Open after he beat third-seeded Tomas Berdych in the semifinals Friday. Top-seeded Djokovic beat Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-6 (3) after Nadal had advanced to his 99th career final by defeating Illya Marchenko of Ukraine 6-3, 6-4. Djokovic and Nadal are tied at 23 matches apiece in their...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal advances to final at Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Rafael Nadal advanced to the 99th final of his career on Friday at the Qatar Open. The second-seeded Spaniard, who has won 67 titles, including 14 majors, beat Illya Marchenko of Ukraine 6-3, 6-4. Nadal will face either top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia or third-seeded Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in the final - his first on a hard court since he won the 2014...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Novak Djokovic joins Rafael Nadal in Qatar Open semifinals

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Top-seeded Novak Djokovic survived a second set challenge to dismiss eighth-seeded Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 6-3, 7-5 to reach the Qatar Open semifinal Thursday. Mayer made four unforced errors when serving for the second set at 5-4 which opened the door for Djokovic to take a straight-set victory. He will play Tomas Berdych in the semifinals against whom he...
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal gets through to semifinals at Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Despite being broken four times, Rafael Nadal managed to make his way into the Qatar Open semifinals by beating Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 Thursday. Nadal lost his serve on all four break points he faced against the 79th-ranked Kuznetsov. The second-seeded Spaniard broke his opponent's serve five times in 10 attempts. Nadal will next play Illya...
Via AP on Fox
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Djokovic, Nadal advance to quarterfinals at Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both advanced to the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open on Wednesday. Djokovic beat Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-2, saving two break points during the match. The top-ranked Serb, who is now 8-4 against Verdasco, improved his winning streak against Spaniards to 17 matches, dating back to a 2014 loss to Tommy Robredo. Djokovic will play...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Nadal wins first match of 2016 at Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Rafael Nadal won his first match of the new season 6-7 (5) 6-3, 6-1 against Spanish countryman Pablo Carreno at the Qatar Open on Tuesday. In the first-set tiebreaker, Nadal saved three set points, but lost the fourth on a Carreno forehand winner he could only watch go past. Nadal took early control of the final two sets. He posted 30 winners and took advantage...
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January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer competing to be first $100 million tennis player

With the Australian Open just around the corner, both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will have the opportunity to do what no tennis player has done before: break the $100 million barrier in on-court earnings. According to NDTV Sports, Djokovic enters the season with just over $94 million to his name, while Federer has claimed $97.3 million in career winnings. On the surface,...
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December 26, 2015  |  Discuss

What will next year bring for the top five men’s tennis players?

The 2015 season is over. The tennis world is only given a short break before the players are back in action. Soon enough, everyone will be down in Australia for the start of the season. Let’s predict the upcoming season for the top five players on the men’s side. 1. Novak Djokovic Like fellow number one Serena Williams, it’s hard to see Novak topping this past season. He...
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December 13, 2015  |  Discuss
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