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(June 22, 2013) With Wimbledon set to kick-off main draw play on Monday, several top players hit the grass courts of the All England Club on Saturday to prepare for the season’s third Slam, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and more.
Rafael Nadal looked right at home on the grass, but he seems to have caught the British bug. And yes, it’s contagious. Someone should remind him he’s Spanish!
And yes, even champions take shirtless breaks on make-shift seats.
Wimbledon’s official Instagram account and user TennisByLisa also took some great footage of Nadal practicing today. (Click on the pictures to play video.)
Afterwards, Nadal sported a stylish white Nike jacket as he posed for a photo with an excited fan.
Scot Andy Murray also hit the courts on Saturday under the watchful eye of his coach Ivan Lendl.
And Ross Hutchins, a doubles player who recently finished his chemo treatment and is one of Murray’s best friends, joine...
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Rafael Nadal has been in the final of six of the past eight majors in which he has played. The two shortcomings: Wimbledon in both 2012 and 2013.
Yes, Nadal followed up last year's shocking second-round loss to unknown Lukas Rosol by losing this year in the first round to another relative unknown, Steve Darcis:
Darcis serving for 1st set on Nadal. If you don't know who...
A year after stunning Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, Lukas Rosol lost his first-round match at the All England Club against a qualifier ranked 121st.
Rosol, who came in ranked 35th, was beaten 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 Monday by Germany's Julian Reister.
Their match was on tiny Court 19, a short walk away from Centre Court, where the then 100th-ranked Rosol pulled off a surprising...
Seven-time champion Roger Federer could face archrival Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
Friday's draw for the grass-court Grand Slam placed the third-seeded Federer and No. 5 Nadal in the same half. Home favorite Andy Murray, who is seeded No. 2, is also in the same bottom half and could meet Nadal or Federer in the semifinal.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic is in...
Seven-time champion Roger Federer could face Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
Friday's draw for the grass-court Grand Slam placed the third-seeded Federer and No. 5 Nadal in the same half. Federer is the defending champion at the All England Club, while Nadal is a two-time winner.
Home favorite Andy Murray, who is seeded No. 2, is also in the same bottom half...
In one of Wimbledon's greatest upsets, an ailing Rafael Nadal was knocked out in straight sets Monday by a player ranked 135th - the Spaniard's first loss in the opening round of a Grand Slam event.
Steve Darcis of Belgium stunned the two-time champion 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4. He ended Nadal's 22-match winning streak and eliminated one of the Big Four of men's tennis...
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An ailing Rafael Nadal was knocked out in straight sets by Belgian Steve Darcis, stunning the two-time champion, who had been struggling with a knee injury suffered last year at Wimbledon.
Wimbledon is just around the corner, which means we not only get to see two blissful weeks of grass court tennis, but also some of the prettiest tennis outfits around. I'm not a big fan of the posed photos we see of dresses and polos the weeks before a Slam simply because I like to judge the outfits once I see them in action. However, Wilson have released these pictures of Roger...
Rafael Nadal’s footwork and shoes on the grass of Wimbledon this week
(June 21, 2013) Rafael Nadal’s dominance of the French Open has been absolutely remarkable. No other player in the history of tennis has so utterly conquered such a prestigious event year after year. Winning his eighth title at Roland Garros just a few short weeks ago, Nadal is the only player in the history...
Well, so goes that idea.
2 Time Wimbeldon Champ Rafael Nadal will remain a two time champ after this years tournament. That's because he's out.
Nadal was beaten in straight sets Monday by 135 ranked Steve Darcis of Belgium on Court 19, the fringes of the tennis center.
Reports say Nadal was sluggish, this despite coming in on a 22 match winning streak and yes, it...
Rafael Nadal's losses to players ranked 100 or lower:
2003 Madrid Masters (1R) - No. 127 Alex Corretja, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
2004 Chennai (1R) - No. 102 Thierry Ascione, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
2004 Milan (2R) - No. 107 Mario Ancic, 7-5, 6-2.
2004 Palermo (2R) - No. 113 Olivier Mutis, 6-3, 6-3.
2005 Halle (1R) - No. 147 Alexander Waske, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
2006 Stockholm (2R) - No. 690 Joachim...
A champion at one major, gone in the first round the next.
This article marks the first in a daily series of articles reviewing the action at Wimbledon. They follow the same general format as a similar series on Roland Garros. If you missed some of the action, or want a general overview, check out this written equivalent of a highlight reel.
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