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RAFAEL NADAL RUMORS & GOSSIP

Nadal rallies past Verdasco to advance at Hamburg Open

HAMBURG, Germany -- Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame a sluggish start to beat Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the Hamburg Open on Tuesday. Nadal was playing his first match since losing to Dustin Brown in the second round of Wimbledon. The former No. 1 in the world has fallen to No. 10. In the all-Spanish match, Nadal appeared to have trouble adjusting to clay...
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Nadal makes winning start at Hamburg Open, beats Verdasco

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame a sluggish start to beat Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the Hamburg Open on Tuesday. Nadal was playing his first match since losing to Dustin Brown in the second round of Wimbledon. The former No. 1 in the world has fallen to No. 10. In the all-Spanish match, Nadal appeared to have trouble adjusting to...
Via AP on Fox
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Wimbledon: criticism of judges going too far?

After his Wimbledon quarterfinal loss to Andy Murray, Vasek Pospisil brought a return to Rafael Nadal’s criticism of chair umpires when he accused the umpire of wrongly penalizing him for time delays. Though Pospisil claims he was biased against for being a lower-ranked player, even the higher-ranked players have taken issue with the judging of matches. Earlier this year, Nadal...
Via isportsweb.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Way Forward For Rafael Nadal: Respecting Limits

Those who watched Pancho Gonzales, at age 41, win a Wimbledon match in 1969 with sets of 46 (!), 30, and 20 games might regard him as the greatest fighter men’s tennis has ever known. (That 1969 match with Charlie Pasarell helped usher in the era of the tiebreaker one year later, an interesting side note to that multi-day match.) Tennis fans who saw Jimmy Connors spill his tank...
Via Attacking The Net
23 days ago  |  Discuss

How can Rafael Nadal regain his dominance?

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 at 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 Dustin Brown...
Via isportsweb.com
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal Ousted By Dustin Brown In Wimbledon Second Round Upset

LONDON — On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand — and whiffed, accidentally whacking his right leg with his racket. It was a painful, embarrassing mistake, symbolic of the sort of day this was. During five trips to the All England Club from 2006-11, Nadal reached the final every time. In his most...
Via NESN.com
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal Loses: Storm Clouds Gather, But Will They Give Way To Sunlight?

When the story of this resplendent and unforgettable era of men’s tennis is written, the footsteps of Rafael Nadal will never stray that far from the footprints left by Roger Federer, and vice-versa. When this era is recalled 30, 50, or 75 years from now, any mention of one man will invariably bring the other to mind. That’s just the way it is, and it’s just the way it will...
Via Attacking The Net
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal Upset Again at Wimbledon

Ever since reaching the finals at Wimbledon in 2011, Rafael Nadal has really struggled at the prestigious event. Just moments ago, Dustin Brown...
Via Athlon Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal loses at Wimbledon to player ranked 100 or worse for fourth straight year

Rafael Nadal lost to Dustin Brown on Thursday in the second round at Wimbledon, his fourth straight defeat at the All England Club at the hands of a player ranked No. 100 or worse. Brown -- currently ranked No. 102 in the world -- defeated the 10th-ranked Spaniard 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. It's the latest in a series of Wimbledon let-downs for the two-time champion at the All England Club...
Via Fox Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

French Open 2015: Predictions For Rafael Nadal, Other Top Stars

The 2015 French Open begins Sunday and the entire field is hoping to put an end to one of the most impressive runs in grand slam history. Rafael Nadal has won five straight men’s singles titles at Roland Garros and nine times overall. Unfortunately for Nadal, becoming the first player ever to win 10 singles titles at one grand slam tournament won’t be easy because his quarter...
Via NESN.com
May 24, 2015  |  Discuss
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