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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Federer and Nadal roll into quarters at Indian Wells

Federer and Nadal roll into quarters at Indian Wells
Federer and Nadal roll into quarters at Indian Wells

Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal remained on course for a mouthwatering semi-final clash at the BNP Paribas Open with straightforward fourth-round victories.

Federer needed just over an hour to dispatch Kyle Edmund 6-1 6-4 in their first career meeting and reach the quarter-finals on a sunny and breezy day in Indian Wells.

Next up for Federer is Hubert Hurkacz, who defeated Denis Shapovalov 7-6(3) 2-6 6-3 earlier in the day to set up his first career meeting with the Swiss Master.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Nadal and Federer into Indian Wells last 16

Nadal into Indian Wells last 16
Nadal and Federer into Indian Wells last 16

Rafael Nadal beat Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-1 to reach the fourth round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.

Nadal took his record against the world No. 26 to 7-0 in emphatic style, never facing a break point in a match lasting an hour and 16 minutes.

"I did a lot of things well. I started the match very well," Nadal said. "My serve worked very well, especially in the first set. But during the second, I was doing things well anyway, so just happy having a match that I suffered in the past against Diego. We know each other well, so it's a positive victory for me."

Monday, March 11, 2019

Nadal and Federer advance at Indian Wells

Nadal and Federer advance at Indian Wells

Rafael Nadal raced into the third round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters as Roger Federer made a less speedy but still successful start to his quest for a sixth title on Sunday.

Nadal needed just 72 minutes to get past overmatched Jared Donaldson, 6-1, 6-1.

Federer looked set for a similarly easy time of it, but had to turn back a second-set challenge from German Peter Gojowczyk in a 6-1, 7-5 win.

Federer said he was relieved not to go to a second-set tiebreaker after falling behind 3-1 to the free-swinging German, who is ranked 85th in the world.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Nadal wants Kyrgios to set better example

Nadal wants Kyrgios to set better example
Nadal wants Kyrgios to set better example

Rafael Nadal insisted Wednesday that he has immense respect for Nick Kyrgios's talent, and his public scolding of the mercurial Aussie after their stormy Acapulco clash doesn't change that.

Kyrgios survived three match points to beat top-seeded Nadal in three sets to reach the quarter-finals in Acapulco, where he went on to win his first ATP title in more than a year.

Immediately after the match, 17-time Grand Slam champion Nadal said that Kyrgios -- who complained of illness, served underarm and taunted a pro-Nadal crowd on the way to victory -- "lacks respect for the public, the opponent and for himself."

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Good start of 2019 for Rafael Nadal

Good start of 2019 for Rafael Nadal

The year 2018 was not bad for Rafael Nadal. He won ‘his’ Roland Garros and the ATP tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome and Toronto. He reached the quarter final at the Australian Open, but he had to retire, just like in the semi-final at the US Open.

At Wimbledon he lost in a very exciting semi-final against Novak Djokovic with 10-8 in the fifth set. The year could have been more successful if he would not have had any injuries. Maybe 2019 will bring him even more success.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Rafael Nadal announced his marriage with Xisca Perello

Rafael Nadal announced his marriage
Rafael Nadal announced his marriage with Xisca Perello

Rafael Nadal will marry his girlfriend of 14 years Maria Francisca Perello, better known as Xisca.

The couple got engaged in Rome, last May and will get married between September and December of this year in Mallorca, where they were both born, according to the magazine ¡Hola!

"Obviously I have intentions of forming a family, I love children and I would like my children to do what they like," Rafa said.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Djokovic claims record seventh Australian title

Djokovic claims record seventh Australian title
Djokovic claims record seventh Australian title

Novak Djokovic claimed a record seventh Australian Open crown after beating Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-2 6-3.

Moving past Pete Sampras into outright third on the all-time list of Grand Slam winners, Djokovic will head to Roland Garros looking for a second "Nole Slam", having already swept all four majors in 2015-16.

Only Federer's 20 and Nadal's 17 outstrip Djokovic's tally of Grand Slam trophies, but on the strength of the champion's virtuoso performance at Rod Laver Arena, they will be looking nervously over their shoulders.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Djokovic into Australian Open final, faces Rafa next

Djokovic into Australian Open final, faces Rafa next
Djokovic into Australian Open final, faces Rafa next

Novak Djokovic was about as perfect as can be in his semifinal at Rod Laver Arena. Didn't miss much. Almost couldn't, really.

It was a performance so flawless, so fantastic, that it was easy to feel as if only one man on the planet might have a chance of preventing Djokovic from claiming a record seventh Australian Open title: Rafael Nadal. As it happens, that is who he'll face in Sunday's final.

Djokovic never relented, not for a moment, while making an unheard-of total of five unforced errors against an overmatched Lucas Pouille en route to a 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 semifinal victory that lasted less than 1 1/2 hours.

"I guess you're driven by some force that takes over you, and you feel divine. You feel like in a different dimension," Djokovic said. "It's quite an awesome feeling that we all try to reach and stay in. Probably the biggest challenge, I think, is how to repeat that, how to stay there for as long as you possibly can."

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Nadal beats Tsitsipas for fifth Australian Open final

Nadal beats Tsitsipas for fifth Australian Open final
Nadal beats Tsitsipas for fifth Australian Open final

Rafael Nadal beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 to reach the Australian open final.

Coming into the match, it seemed like Tsitsipas would give Nadal a challenge. In the round of 16, Tsitsipas came back from a set down to beat Roger Federer. But Nadal looked masterful throughout. In the final set, Tsitsipas didn’t win a single game.

Nadal is 32, and is doing his part to rebuff the narrative that younger tennis players — the next generation of stars — is ready to take over. Three of Nadal’s last four Australian Open opponents have been young. He beat 19-year-old Alex de Minaur in the round of 32. He beat 21-year-old Frances Tiafoe in the quarterfinal. And Tsitsipas, Nadal’s most recent vanquished foe, is just 20.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Nadal beats Tiafoe, reaches Australian Open semis

Nadal beats Tiafoe, reaches Australian Open semis
Nadal beats Tiafoe, reaches Australian Open semis

Rafael Nadal defeated Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in just 107 minutes to advance to the Australian Open 219 semis.

Nadal will next play Stefanos Tsitsipas, who knocked out Roger Federer in the fourth round and Roberto Bautista Agut in the QFs.

"For me is always the same: you are in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam, you can't expect an easy opponent," Nadal said.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Tiafoe takes on Nadal hoping to keep dream alive

Tiafoe takes on Nadal hoping to keep dream alive
Tiafoe takes on Nadal hoping to keep dream alive

Having already changed the lives of his immigrant parents, Frances Tiafoe is hopeful to build on his own stature in the game as he prepares for an Australian Open quarter-final clash with Rafa Nadal on Tuesday.

American Tiafoe, the son of immigrants from Sierra Leone, recalled his humble beginnings after stunning Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday to reach the last eight at a major for the first time in his career.

"I told my parents 10 years ago I was gonna be a pro tennis player and change their life. Now I'm in the quarter-finals of a Slam. I can't believe it," world number 39 Tiafoe said.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Del Potro into US Open final as Nadal quits with knee injury

Del Potro into US Open final as Nadal quits with knee injury

Juan Martin del Potro reached the US Open final on Friday afterRafael Nadal quit their last-four clash with a knee injury.

Del Potro, the champion in 2009, was 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 ahead when Nadal retired.

The Argentine will face Novak Djokovic, who beat Kei Nishikori.

"I hate to retire," said Nadal who has endured a series of knee injuries throughout his career.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Video: Nadal Defeats Thiem at US Open

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Video: Rafael Nadal Defeats Dominic Thiem at US Open

Rafael Nadal defeats Dominic Thiem 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7(4), 7-6(5) in Arthur Ashe.

Video: Rafael Nadal practice| 2018 US Open

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Video: Rafael Nadal practice| 2018 US Open

World No. 1 and defending champion Rafael Nadal warms up for his QF match vs Dominic Thiem.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Video: Rafa Nadal practices at 2018 US Open

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Video: Rafael Nadal Ready To Go Under The Lights At 2018 US Open

World No. 1 and defending champion Rafael Nadal is practicing ahead of his R2 match-up against

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Video: Nadal Practices | 2018 US Open

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Video: Rafael Nadal Practices | 2018 US Open

World No. 1 and defending champion Rafael Nadal is on P1 as he gets ready for his R2 match.

Nadal, Wawrinka and del Potro winners at US Open

Nadal, Wawrinka and del Potro winners at US Open
Nadal, Wawrinka and del Potro winners at US Open

Rafael Nadal beat Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 and reached the third round at the US Open.

His only hiccup came in the second set, when he dropped his serve to fall 2-4 down.

"The conditions are tough," Nadal said. "It was important to start very well with that break. To win in straight sets is always very positive, especially in these conditions. It's almost midnight, very happy about the victory."

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Video: Nadal beats Ferrer | 2018 US Open

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Video: Rafael Nadal beats David Ferrer | 2018 US Open

Despite a retirement, the fans in Flushing Meadows were treated to top tennis between fellow Spaniards, Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer.

Video: David Ferrer Bids Farewell to Flushing Meadows

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Video: David Ferrer Bids Farewell to Flushing Meadows

Sweet, parting words from David Ferrer, a 2-time US Open semifinalist, whose fighting spirit will be missed in Flushing Meadows...


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Video: Rafa Practice | 2018 US Open

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Rafa practicing in Ashe.