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Djokovic and Nadal mix tennis with politics on Thailand trip

BANGKOK (AP) Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal took a break from tennis to shake hands with the head of Thailand's ruling junta on a promotional trip to the military-ruled country that mixed sports with politics. The No. 1-ranked Djokovic and his longtime rival Nadal were in Thailand for a sold-out Friday night exhibition match dubbed ''Back to Thailand.'' The event was organized...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nadal praises Djokovic's 'amazing season,' says he'll be hard to match

BANGKOK -- The text message wasn't enough, so Rafael Nadal praised rival Novak Djokovic in person Thursday for the top-ranked Serb's ''amazing season'' after winning his third major of 2015 at the U.S. Open. The seventh-ranked Nadal is in Bangkok for a sold-out exhibition match against Djokovic dubbed ''Back to Thailand.'' Friday's event was organized by local authorities to boost...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal, Verdasco seal Spain's win over Denmark in Davis Cup

  Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco had to work harder than expected to give Spain the winning point in Saturday's doubles match to secure an unassailable 3-0 lead over Denmark in the Davis Cup's second-tier relegation playoff. The Spanish pair overcame unheralded Danish duo Frederik Nielsen and Thomas Kromann 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4. Nadal had helped build a 2-0 lead by winning...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal gives Spain 1-0 lead in Davis Cup against Denmark

ODENSE, Denmark (AP) Rafael Nadal beat Mikael Toregaard 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to give Spain a 1-0 lead over Denmark in their Davis Cup relegation playoff on Friday. Nadal returned to Davis Cup tennis after a two-year absence for the Group 1 match and secured his 22nd consecutive win in the competition. The 909th-ranked Toregaard failed to convert any of his three break points in the first...
Via AP on Fox
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova not happy with US Open’s negative Nadal headline

Is the glass half full or half empty? For Maria Sharapova, she prefers the optimistic side of things. Sharapova responded to a tweet sent out by the US Open’s Twitter account Saturday about Rafael Nadal by applying a positive spin to it. Following Rafa’s third-round loss to Fabio Fognini, the US Open’s account pointed out that 2015 would mark the first time since 2004 that...
Via Larry Brown Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Fabio Fognini stuns Rafael Nadal in epic match

Fabio Fognini [32] sent Rafael Nadal [8] home early in 2015 US Open Friday Night, winning in a grueling five-set match 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.  Nadal set the tone early, breaking Fognini twice in the first set. Fognini tested Nadal's forehand often, but Nadal routinely answered, at one point firing back with a brilliant 96 mph forehand down the line. Nadal also appeared...
Via The Sports Quotient
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal Working to Win Mind Game

by JAMES HENRY CINCINNATI – Each point. Each match. Each season. Rafael Nadal is taking tennis one step at a time, focusing on the future rather than the past. A strong showing at this week’s Western & Southern Open would boost his chance to enter the upcoming U.S. Open as a top-8 seed. Nadal won the Cincinnati championship in 2013. But a right wrist injury prevented...
Via Onthegotennis
August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

How can Rafael Nadal regain his dominance?

Rafael Nadal’s most recent loss at Wimbledon puts a sharper focus on his inconsistent level of play. Just in this last year, he has won two titles, lost another nine to both non-ranked and top 20 players at various rounds, and didn’t make it past the quarterfinals in both the Australian and French Opens. But going out in the second round at Wimbledon against unranked Dustin Brown...
July 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal Ousted By Dustin Brown In Wimbledon Second Round Upset

LONDON — On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand — and whiffed, accidentally whacking his right leg with his racket. It was a painful, embarrassing mistake, symbolic of the sort of day this was. During five trips to the All England Club from 2006-11, Nadal reached the final every time. In his most...
July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Injury update: Nadal and del Potro

The true nature of Nadal’s right wrist injury is still questionable. Will he be able to return to play soon? It’s been a while since the tennis world has heard any noise from Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin del Potro, who both suffered injuries to their non-dominant wrist earlier in the 2014 season.  Nadal is still healing from a detachment of a sheath in his right wrist, which...
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

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