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Nadal, Federer dodge Aussie Open heat chaos

RIVALRY RENEWED. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet in the semi-finals of the Indian Wells ATP tennis tournament. Federer and Nadal defeated Juan Martin Del Potro and David Nalbandian, both of Argentina, in their quarterfinal matches respectively. AFP

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer dodged the Australian Open’s first extreme heat shutdown in five years Thursday as they stormed into the third round in air-conditioned comfort.

Posted: January 16th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Nadal, Murray, Federer all in the same half

Serbia's Novak Djokovic jokes with the crowd as he takes his shirt off during his match against Juan Monaco of Argentina at the Kooyong Classic ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne Australia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. AP

As three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic held the Australian Open trophy in a photo shoot before Friday’s draw, he joked that having his fingerprints on it may in some way help him win the title for a fourth consecutive year.

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Tennis: Raging Spanish bull Nadal eyes last 16

Rafael Nadal. AP FILE PHOTO

Rafael Nadal hopes to use his anger over French Open scheduling to fire him into the last 16 on Saturday while world number one Novak Djokovic takes on Grigor Dimitrov in a mouth-watering clash.

Posted: June 1st, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Murray retires with back pain; Nadal wins in Rome

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Italy's Fabio Fognini during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO

Back pain forced Andy Murray to retire midway through his second-round match at the Italian Open on Wednesday. He may have to sit out the French Open, too.

Posted: May 16th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Nadal wins 1st title since return from injury

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Argentinian tennis player David Nalbandian (R) speaks with Spanish Rafael Nadal during the award ceremony of the Brazil Open at Ibirapuera gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on February 17, 2013. Nadal defeated Nalbandian 6-2, 6-3. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA

The last time Rafael Nadal won in Brazil, it was at the very start of the most dominant clay-court career tennis has ever seen.

Posted: February 18th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Rafael Nadal 2-for-2: into singles and doubles finals

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Rafael Nadal has reached both finals of the VTR Open in Chile, a perfect return to tournament tennis for the Spaniard after a seven-month layoff with a left-knee injury and a stomach virus.

Nadal defeated Jeremy Chardy of France in Saturday’s singles semifinal 6-2, 6-2. Nadal and Juan Monaco won their doubles semifinal on Friday, meaning Nadal is scheduled to play twice on Sunday.

Posted: February 10th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Nadal nervous about return from knee injury

FILE - This Dec. 31, 2011 file photo shows Spain's Rafael Nadal returning the ball to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the final day of Abu Dhabi Mubadala Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Nadal has confirmed he is ready to return to competitive tennis at the end of the month in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, following a six-month break to recover from a knee injury. The 11-time Grand Slam champion said on his Facebook page Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, that he "can't wait to get back on court in Abu Dhabi," and that he "would love to get my hands on the trophy again this year!" (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

After a seven-month hiatus nursing an injured knee, Rafael Nadal is nervous about his upcoming return to the tennis court and believes it may be some time before he is back in top form.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Nadal’s conqueror Rosol makes quick exit

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Czech Republic's Lukas Rosol. AFP FILE PHOTO

The man who beat Rafael Nadal stood courtside signing autographs, his sudden celebrity lasting longer than he did at Wimbledon.

Posted: July 1st, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Men go to form, women don’t at French Open

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Russia's Maria Sharapova falls as she plays Czech Republic's Klara Zakopalova during their fourth round match in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, June 4, 2012.  AP /CHRISTOPHE ENA

Heading into the quarterfinals of the French Open, the men’s draw includes all the usual suspects — Djokovic, Nadal, Federer — while the names on the women’s bracket look as if they’ve been picked out of a hat.

Posted: June 5th, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Wind, rain nor Rafa can stop Federer in desert

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Roger Federer. AFP FILE PHOTO

The forehand thundered, the backhand sizzled, the Swiss timing was back as Roger Federer steamrolled his way past Rafael Nadal and into the Indian Wells final.

Posted: March 18th, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Nadal aims to end on a high in Tour Finals

STRIKE THREAT. Rafael Nadal plays a shot during a Davis Cup semi-final tennis match against France's Richard Gasquet in the bullring in Cordoba, Spain, Friday, Sep. 16, 2011. AP

The other group features Djokovic, Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych.

Posted: November 19th, 2011 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Fearless Djokovic’s run started with a haircut

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Serbia's Novak Djokovic holds the trophy after defeating Spain's Rafael Nadal in the men's singles final at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, Sunday, July 3, 2011. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

The Wimbledon champion’s journey to joyfully eating the Centre Court grass started with the ugliest of haircuts.

Posted: July 4th, 2011 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Focus on Federer, Nadal, 2 sisters at Wimbledon

Roger Federer insists he hasn’t been fretting about when or — perhaps more to the point — if he will win a 17th Grand Slam championship.

Posted: June 27th, 2011 in Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

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