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New year, old result: Serena beats Sharapova at Aussie Open

To appreciate Serena Williams’s 18th straight win over Maria Sharapova — achieved on Tuesday in the Australian Open women’s singles quarterfinals — you need to take a journey into the recent past. One year ago, the Australian Open concluded with a magnificent match between two women who — though owning a very different number of major trophies (21 for Serena, 5 for Sharapova...
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2016 Australian Open Results: Rafael Nadal Upset In Round 1 By Fernando Verdasco

Rafael Nadal’s 2016 season couldn’t have started any worse. The 14-time Grand Slam tournament champion was knocked out in the opening round of the 2016 Australian Open to unseeded Fernando Verdasco on Tuesday. Fernando Verdasco smacks 87 winners in a stunning upset of Rafael Nadal – winning 7-6(6) 4-6 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2 #AusOpen — Australian Open...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open: Rafael Nadal’s Decline Continues in Opening-Round Loss

We have our first major upset in the new season of Grand Slam tennis. Fernando Verdasco outlasted No. 5 seed Rafael Nadal in a 4:41 shocker during the Australian Open’s first round in Melbourne Park. The ramifications will loom over the next four months, leading up to the French Open. This come-from-ahead defeat — Rafa led two sets to one — showcased all of Nadal’s question...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal bounced by countryman in hair-raising, 5-set thriller in Round 1

MELBOURNE, AustraliaFernando Verdasco has knocked fifth-seeded Rafael Nadal out of the opening Grand Slam of the season, beating his fellow Spanish lefthander 7-6 (6), 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the first round.It reversed an epic 5-hour, 14-minute semifinal the pair played in 2009 at Melbourne Park, which Nadal won in five sets and went on to take the title.Verdasco clinched the...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Grigor Dimitrov channels Rafael Nadal with sleeveless Australian Open get-up

The first day of the Australian Open went more or less according to form on the court, with the most surprising result Monday being No. 16 seed Caroline Wozniacki's first-round demise. That gave us plenty of time to focus on other matters, like what folks were wearing. And Grigor Dimitrov, you win so far.Dimitrov, the Bulgarian seeded No. 27 on the men's side was sporting the sleeveless...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

How Rafa Can Find His Form In 2016

Rafael Nadal has been at the top of the tennis world for over a decade now. His raw speed, athleticism, and monster forehand made him one of if not the single most feared player on tour. On top of that, he has been described as one of the fiercest competitors the sport has ever seen. But after winning just three titles, not making it past the quarterfinals in any of the four Grand...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Novak Djokovic dominates Rafael Nadal in Qatar Open final

Heading into Saturday, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal had met 46 times, deadlocked at 23 wins apiece. Djokovic broke that tie in the final of the Qatar Open, beating Nadal, 6-1, 6-2. The win continues a recent trend in the rivalry. Djokovic has emerged victorious in his last five meetings with Nadal, all in straight sets. Djokovic swept Nadal in 2015, including a win at the French...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal gets through to semifinals at Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Despite being broken four times, Rafael Nadal managed to make his way into the Qatar Open semifinals by beating Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 Thursday. Nadal lost his serve on all four break points he faced against the 79th-ranked Kuznetsov. The second-seeded Spaniard broke his opponent's serve five times in 10 attempts. Nadal will next play Illya...
Via Associated Press
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Nadal wins first match of 2016 at Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Rafael Nadal won his first match of the new season 6-7 (5) 6-3, 6-1 against Spanish countryman Pablo Carreno at the Qatar Open on Tuesday. In the first-set tiebreaker, Nadal saved three set points, but lost the fourth on a Carreno forehand winner he could only watch go past. Nadal took early control of the final two sets. He posted 30 winners and took advantage...
Via Associated Press
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal In The Here And Now

Rafael Nadal struggled mightily during his 2015 campaign, with losses in the round of 32 at the US Open and the round of 64 at Wimbledon. The current No. 5 ranked singles player was also bounced in the quarterfinals of the French Open, which is historically his most dominant major tournament and preferred surface. The Spaniard has captured the French Open title nine times in...
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December 05, 2015  |  Discuss

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