French Open Lookahead: Nadal-Groth; Djokovic, Williams start

PARIS (AP) Rafael Nadal has lost two French Open matches in his career. His first-round opponent has lost only one. The difference? Nadal is 70-2 at Roland Garros, owner of a record nine championships. Sam Groth is 0-1. Sure sets up as a mismatch. The No. 4-seeded Nadal makes his 2016 debut at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament Tuesday on Court Suzanne Lenglen against Groth,...
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French Open 2016 Roundtable

What's Your Takeaway From The 2016 Clay Season?   Jonathan D'Rozario, Head Tennis Writer: Change is coming. I don't know whether that's in the form of a transformed Murray, a resurgent Nadal, or a Cinderella-esque run to glory for one of the young guns (Nishikori in particular has played well this clay season), but something's coming. Maybe not in time for a French Open surprise...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nadal back in Paris, no title to defend, no Federer to face

PARIS (AP) Through the years, Rafael Nadal grew accustomed to a couple of givens at the French Open: He would arrive as the defending champion, and Roger Federer would be somewhere in the draw, often awaiting a showdown in the final. This time around, neither is the case. Federer withdrew a few days before Sunday's start of the clay-court Grand Slam tournament, ending his record...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Why this year's French Open is the biggest of Rafael Nadal's career

Rafael Nadal will go down in tennis history as one of the greatest clay court players the game has ever seen. The Spaniard has won a record nine French Open titles and often dominates the entire clay court season.But much has changed for Nadal in the past two years. Nadal last won the French in 2014 and has not been the same player since. His body started to fail him, cracking under...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

French Open draw creates possible Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal semifinals matchup

PARIS -- In his quest to complete a career Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic could have to beat nine-time champion Rafael Nadal in the French Open semifinals.Djokovic, who will face Lu Yen-hsun in the first round, was put in the same side of the draw as Nadal on Friday. The top-ranked Serb beat Nadal in the quarterfinals last year, the Spaniard's second loss of his career at Roland Garros...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Djokovic and Nadal could meet in French Open semifinals

PARIS (AP) Novak Djokovic could face nine-time champion Rafael Nadal in the French Open semifinals in his quest to complete a career Grand Slam. The top-ranked Serb, who will face Lu Yen-hsun in the first round, was put in the same side of the draw as Nadal. Djokovic beat Nadal in the quarterfinals last year, the Spaniard's second loss at Roland Garros. Defending champion Stan...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Official worries for athletes security who stay outside of Olympic Village

It seems not a week can go by without having some new reason to be concerned about the Olympics scheduled to be hosted by Rio de Janeiro this summer. When star athletes like Rafael Nadal start making plans to outside of the Olympic village due to safety concerns, there are some serious problems to address. The Associated Press reported Monday that tennis superstar Rafael Nadal reportedly...
Via The Comeback
28 days ago  |  Discuss

French Open Last Chance For Nadal Comeback

For tennis players, the decline can be especially turbulent. The end is almost never pretty. Players past their prime in this sport do not get to win another major title. They lure the crowd in before inevitably crumbling. In tennis, once you begin the descent, you do not usually get to climb back up top. But when a revolutionary and universally revered player like Rafael Nadal begins...
Via The Sports Quotient
April 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal considering legal action against PED accuser

Rafael Nadal is considering taking legal action against a French official who accused him of failing a drug test. Former French secretary of sport Roselyne Bachelot told French TV show “Le Grand 8” this week that Nadal’s 7-month layoff from tennis in 2012 was due to a positive drug test. Nadal always said he missed multiple tournaments that year because of his knee, but Bachelot...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 12, 2016  |  Discuss

How can Rafael Nadal regain his dominance?

By Rachel Grim 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 in 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...
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July 04, 2015  |  Discuss

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