RAFAEL NADAL RUMORS & GOSSIP
It is one of the most famous quotes in tennis history.
After beating Jimmy Connors in 1980, Vitas Gerulaitis — who had lost his previous 16 matches to Jimbo — said, “No one beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row!”
Never mind the fact that Bjorn Borg had won 20 matches against Gerulaitis without a defeat — the quote is rightly considered a classic, and it was typical of...
(January 27, 2015) 2009 Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal is out of the Australian Open in the quarterfinals. , No. 7 Tomas Berdych defeated the No. 3 player in the world 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (5) on his fourth match point on Tuesday in Melbourne. Berdych has now reached his fifth career slam semifinal.
Coming into the match Berdych had lost 17 straight matches to Nadal.
The Czech was...
2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN
DAY 9 MEN’S NOTES
Tuesday 27 January
Quarterfinals Bottom Half
No. 3 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v No. 7 Tomas Berdych (CZE)
No. 6 Andy Murray (GBR) v Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
On court today…
2009 champion Rafael Nadal has reason to be confident ahead of his clash against Tomas Berdych on Rod Laver Arena. The Spaniard is on a 17-match...
If a single theme can be gleaned from the first three days of the 2015 Australian Open, it is this:
For anyone who has played professional tennis for an appreciable length of time, the cauldron of major-tournament pressure reveals the essence of that player — not always in a career-long context, but often enough to make us notice.
Indian Wells and Rome and Cincinnati all have their...
Let me set the scene:
2nd round of the Australian Open. Third-ranked Rafael Nadal against unranked 27-year old American Tim Smyczek (pictured). Fifth and final set. Nadal was serving, leading 6-5 and 30-Love.
Nadal’s first serve toss went up. Some idiot screamed. Nadal faulted. Enter Smyczek, a model of sportsmanship. Smyczek told the chair umpire to grant...
Rafael Nadal didn't show any side effects from a lack of match practice while beating former top-10 player Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday.
Playing on Rod Laver Arena, Nadal moved well around the court and often seemed impressed with his play, double fist-pumping after winning a point on a lunging backhand volley in the third set...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago
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(January 19, 2015) Rafael Nadal answered any questions about his confidence, form or fitness on Monday in a dominating one hour, fifty-minute victory over Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday in Rod Laver Arena.
“Very positive result for me,” Nadal said. “I think very good start. Very important...
Asked to predict who will win this year's Australian Open, Rafael Nadal takes a deep breath, shrugs his shoulders and insists it won't be him.
The 14-time Grand Slam winner is back on tennis' big stage after injuries and ailments sidelined him for several months. But rebuilding his confidence remains a work in progress.
''I don't consider myself one of the favorites here,'' the...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Rafael Nadal says he's "working as hard as I can" to be ready for Monday's start to the Australian Open following a right wrist injury and appendix surgery late last year.
Nadal went through a strenuous workout at Melbourne Park on Wednesday, followed by a two-hour exhibition match against Mark Philippoussis and Fernando Verdasco as part of a charity night...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago
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(January 6, 2015) Defending champion Rafael Nadal was upset, while No. 1 Novak Djokovic had very few problems in the first match of the 2015 season in Doha at the Qatar Open on Tuesday.
In his first tour match since October, Nadal was stunned by German qualifier Michael Berrer, ranked 127 in the world, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round. Nadal was sidelined for most of the fall...