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RAFAEL NADAL RUMORS & GOSSIP

Nadal aims to progress as far as possible in Barcelona Open

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Rafael Nadal is fully focused on progressing as far as possible in this week's Barcelona Open, which he refers to as his home tournament. The eight-time former champion says he is wary of his first round match which could see him play fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro or Italy's Paolo Lorenzi. Nadal, who is seeded second, behind defending champion Kei Nishikori...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Djokovic-Nadal rivalry continues in Monte Carlo SF

Tennis fans rejoice! The Tennis Gods have blessed us with a matchup between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 5 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals at Monte Carlo. Saturday’s matchup will be their first head-to-head meeting in more than 300 days and their 43rd overall. Nadal leads the historic rivalry 23-19 and dominates the Serb 14-4 on clay. In their last two meetings in 2014, Nadal lost...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Djokovic vs. Nadal: who’s currently the best?

Novak Djokovic has now spent an astounding142 weeks of his career atop the Emirates ATP Rankings. With this accomplishment, Djokovic moved into outright sixth place in a list of players who have spent the most weeks ranked No. 1. The 27-year-old Serbian has now passed current world No. 5 Rafael Nadal’s record of 141 weeks. Now that Djokovic has transcended Nadal in the amount of...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

King of Clay: Nadal back to favorite surface in Monte Carlo

MONACO (AP) Does Rafael Nadal remain the King of Clay? That's the big question surrounding the 14-time Grand Slam winner as the world's best players gather in Monte Carlo this week for the first Masters of the season played on clay. Relaxed, tanned and smiling, the former top-ranked Nadal looks more than happy to return to his favorite surface after a mediocre start to the season...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Monte Carlo Rolex Masters title up for grabs

After months of thrilling hard-court play, the road to Roland Garros begins Sunday with the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Monte Carlo is the first of three Masters 1000 tournaments played on clay before the second Grand Slam of the year. It’s the chance for the big guns within the top ten to make a victorious first impression for this year’s clay season. In previous years it seemed...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal says ankle injury won't keep him from Miami Open

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Rafael Nadal expects to compete at the Miami Open this week despite turning his left ankle in practice on Monday. Nadal has a bye and isn't scheduled to play until a second-round match on Friday. The third-ranked Nadal will play the winner of the match between Nicolas Almagro of Spain and Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine. ''It's for sure I'm going to be on court...
Via AP on Fox
March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal to play at Queen's Club, ending three-year absence

  Rafael Nadal says he will play at this year's Queen's Club, ending his three-year absence at the grass-court tournament. Nadal, who lifted the trophy in 2008, has gone on to reach the Wimbledon final following every appearance at the event that is traditionally seen as a warm-up to the SW19 championships. ''I always loved playing at The Queen's Club and I am very happy that I...
Via AP on Fox
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Idiot screams during Nadal’s serve, opponent asks umpire to grant Nadal first serve again (VIDEO)

YouTube 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...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
January 21, 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...
Via isportsweb.com
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Prince watched Rafael Nadal win match while holding scepter

Prince clearly still has “it.” The former ’80s funk star has always been known for his swag, and during Rafael Nadal’s French Open match, he showed he’s still got it. Because not too many guys can pull off rocking a scepter courtside. But Prince did, as he somehow managed to bring in said scepter past security, and watched Nadal take care of Dusan Lajovic in straight sets...
Via The Sports Daily
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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