RAFAEL NADAL RUMORS & GOSSIP

Nadal won’t play for Spain in Davis Cup quarterfinals

MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal will not play in the Davis Cup quarterfinals when Spain faces Serbia next week. The 14-time Grand Slam champion was not in the team announced by Spain captain Conchita Martinez on Tuesday. No reason was given. Also absent was Spain’s second-ranked player, Roberto Bautista Agut. Spain will be led by world No. 19 Pablo Carreno Busta, who will be joined...
Via MyNorthwest.com
1 day ago

Federer beats Nadal, Djokovic loses at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-3 at the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday in a fourth-round match that saw the longtime rivals meeting much earlier in a tournament than usual. Federer broke Nadal four times in advancing to the quarterfinals in just over an hour. Although Nadal owns a 23-13 lead in their series, Federer has won the past three in...
Via Associated Press
13 days ago  |  Discuss

3-time champion Nadal beats Verdasco at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Rafael Nadal defeated Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 7-5 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open for his 50th career victory at the desert tournament. Nadal closed out the 1 1/2-hour match in 95-degree (35 C) heat with a forehand winner on Tuesday. The three-time tournament champion could next face Roger Federer, who played American Steve Johnson later. Five...
Via Associated Press
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal advances to the Mexican Open final

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) Rafael Nadal routed Croatia's Marin Cilic 6-1, 6-2 on Friday night to advance to the Mexican Open final. Seeking his first title this season and 70th overall, the 30 year-old Spaniard ran his Mexican Open winning streak to 14 matches and 28 sets. He won the hardcourt event in 2005 and 2013. The second-seeded Nadal, playing his first tournament since losing...
Via Associated Press
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal advances to Acapulco semifinals

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) Rafael Nadal ran his Mexican Open winning streak to 13 matches Thursday night, beating Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6 (2), 6-3 to reach the semifinals. The tournament winner in 2005 and 2013, Nadal needed almost two hours to finish off Nishioka. The 30-year-old Spanish star overcame a 4-2 deficit in the first set and got out of a 0-2 hole in the second ...
Via Associated Press
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni to step down as his coach after season

Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni will step down as the coach of the tennis player after the season, the uncle told an Italian magazine in an article publicized over the weekend.Toni Nadal, who has coached Rafa throughout his entire career and helped turn him into a 14-time grand slam champion, feels like he has been marginalized by some of the people on Rafa’s team. That includes Carlos...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Roger Federer: Beating Rafael Nadal again would make for ‘sweetest’ major win

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are meeting in a major final again, and that’s quite meaningful to at least one of them.Federer has not won a Grand Slam title since Wimbledon in 2012, and defeating Nadal would be his 18th career major championship. By his own admission, it would be very special to him. Federer vs. Nadal is one of tennis’s great rivalries, and at this point in...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 28, 2017  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal Helps Lost Child During Tennis Match, Bolsters ‘Nice Guy’ Image

Rafael Nadal reaffirmed his status as a hometown hero Wednesday by keeping tennis in proper perspective. The Tennis star briefly halted the match in which he was playing in order to allow a distressed mother to find her lost child in Mallorca, Spain. Cameras were rolling during Nadal’s act of kindness, and hte crowd crowd warmly applauded when the family united again. Rafael...
Via NESN.com
September 29, 2016  |  Discuss

No medal, no problem: Nadal's Olympic showing still golden

On July 6, 2008, I stayed up until nearly 2 a.m. in the den of my grandmother’s Long Beach home – a house she’s owned on Pacific Avenue for the entirety of my life. The wood floors were recently re-done, but the creak on the floor next to the tower holding myriad picture frames still existed. If I got up to use the bathroom, there was a chance I’d wake someone up. So I sat...
Via Yardbarker
August 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal won't play in Wimbledon due to wrist injury

Rafael Nadal’s bad luck continues. Just a few weeks after withdrawing early from the French Open with a left wrist injury, the former No. 1 men’s tennis player announced in a Facebook post Thursday that he will miss Wimbledon. The 14-time Grand Slam champion has been devastated by injuries over the past two seasons, and he hasn’t won a Grand Slam since the 2014 French...
Via NESN.com
June 09, 2016  |  Discuss
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