RAFAEL NADAL RUMORS & GOSSIP

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
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Federer, Nadal win to set up early showdown at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Roger Federer edged Steve Johnson 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) in a hard-serving duel at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, setting up a fourth-round match against Rafael Nadal. Nadal advanced with a 6-3, 7-5 win against 26th-seeded Fernando Verdasco for his 50th career victory at the desert tournament, where he's won three titles but none since 2013. Five-time Indian...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

3-time champion Nadal, Venus Williams win 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 on Tuesday 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. The three-time tournament champion could next face Roger Federer, who played American Steve Johnson later. Nadal...
Via Associated Press
9 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
9 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...
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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

Rafael Nadal hits insane shot through legs

Rafael Nadal coasted to victory against Sam Groth in the first round of the French Open on Tuesday and, like usual, he hit a few sick shots while doing so. Nadal won easily, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1, and put on a show for fans in the dominant effort. Not too many could make the shot he pulled off in the third set for a winner, and you need to see it. After Groth hit the ball over his head which...
Via The Sports Daily
May 25, 2016  |  Discuss
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