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Nadal hopes to fine tune form ahead of clay swing

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns the ball to Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, during the Sony Open Tennis in Key Biscayne, Fla., Sunday, March 30, 2014. Djokovic won 6-3, 6-3. AP

Rafael Nadal says he still has work to do on his game as he gets set to launch his claycourt season which the Spaniard hopes culminates with his ninth French Open title.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Djokovic routs Nadal to win fourth Miami title

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, holds his trophy after winning the Sony Open Tennis tournament defeating Rafeal Nadal, of Spain, 6-3, 6-3, Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Key Biscayne, Fla. AP

Six-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic claimed his fourth Miami Masters crown with a dominating straight sets win over world number one Rafael Nadal on Sunday.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Nadal advances to Sony final; Berdych withdraws

Milos Raonic, left, of Canada, shakes hands with Rafael Nadal, right, of Spain, after Nadal's 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory during the Sony Open tennis tournament, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic advanced to the Sony Open final without playing a point on Friday.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Murray, Djokovic to meet again at Key Biscayne

Andy Murray, of Great Britain, serves to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Sony Open Tennis tournament, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Murray won 6-4, 6-1. AP

Even with his surgically repaired back still nowhere near perfect, defending champion Andy Murray needed only 73 minutes to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-1 at the Sony Open on Tuesday and set up a quarterfinal with Novak Djokovic.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Serena breezes, Sharapova battles at Miami tennis

Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams  AP

World number one Serena Williams breezed into the quarter-finals of the WTA and ATP Miami Masters on Monday while Russian fourth seed Maria Sharapova battled through three sets to advance.

Posted: March 25th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Nadal rips Hewitt, Serena and Sharapova survive

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, serves to Lleyton Hewitt, of Australia, at the Sony Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Key Biscayne, Fla. AP

World number one Rafael Nadal hammered former number one Lleyton Hewitt 6-1, 6-3 Saturday to reach the third round at the ATP and WTA Miami Masters hardcourt tournament.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Dolgopolov stuns Nadal at Indian Wells

Alexandr Dolgopolov, of Ukraine, celebrates as he defeats Rafael Nadal, of Spain, their match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 10, 2014, in Indian Wells, Calif. Dolgopolov won 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5). AP

Alexandr Dolgopolov toppled world number one and defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) Monday in the third round of the Indian Wells ATP Masters.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Tennis: Aussie Open defeat still stings for Nadal

Rafael Nadal AP PHOTO

Rafael Nadal launches his Indian Wells ATP Masters title defense still feeling the sting of his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the Australian Open final.

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Nadal hangs on to reach Rio final with Dolgopolov

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns the ball to Pablo Andujar, of Spain, during a semifinal match at the Rio Open tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. AP

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal will face Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine in the final of the Rio Open.

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Top-seeded Nadal, No. 2 Ferrer into Rio Open semifinals

Spain's Rafael Nadal practices ahead of the Rio Open tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Top-ranked Nadal injured his back warming up for the final of the Australian Open almost three weeks ago, eventually losing against Stanislas Wawrinka, a match he was an overwhelming favorite to win. Nadal has practiced little since then, getting treatment at home in Mallorca. His first test comes in next week's Rio Open, a new stop on the ATP Tour. AP

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal reached the semifinals of the Rio Open, showing no problems with a sore back in defeating Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-1, 6-0 on Friday.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Nadal rolls into Rio quarter-finals

Rafael Nadal. AP

World number one Rafael Nadal stormed into the quarter-finals of the $1.3 million ATP Rio Open on Thursday by hammering Spanish compatriot Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-2.

Posted: February 21st, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Nadal’s back with win in first round of Rio Open

Spain's Rafael Nadal leans against the wall during his training session for the Rio Open in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Top-ranked Nadal injured his back warming up for the final of the Australian Open almost three weeks ago, eventually losing against Stanislas Wawrinka, a match he was an overwhelming favorite to win. Nadal has practiced little since then, getting treatment at home in Mallorca. His first test comes in next week's Rio Open, a new stop on the ATP Tour.  AP

Rafael Nadal showed no signs of a tender back Tuesday, defeating fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of the Rio Open.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Nadal is back, and it’s all about his back

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the final match of the Qatar Open tournament in Doha against France's Gael Monfils on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. AP

Rafael Nadal is back, and it’s all about his back. Top-ranked Nadal injured his back warming up for the final of the Australian Open almost three weeks ago, eventually losing against Stanislas Wawrinka — a match he was an overwhelming favorite to win.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Multimedia,Photos,Photos and Videos | Read More »

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