Two years after being knocked out in the second round of Wimbledon by Lukas Rosol, Rafael Nadal found himself one point away from falling behind two sets to love to the same player on the same Centre Court in the same round Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By TALES AZZONI
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.
By Stephen Wade
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.
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.
By Steven Wine
The man who beat Rafael Nadal stood courtside signing autographs, his sudden celebrity lasting longer than he did at Wimbledon.
By Eddie Pells
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.
By Greg Heakes
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.
The other group features Djokovic, Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych.
By John Leicester
The Wimbledon champion’s journey to joyfully eating the Centre Court grass started with the ugliest of haircuts.