Tennis: Nadal’s season ends in painful defeat by Goffin

Tennis: Nadal’s season ends in painful defeat by Goffin

Tennis – ATP World Tour Finals – The O2 Arena, London, Britain – November 13, 2017 Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts after losing his group stage match against Belgium’s David Goffin Action Images via Reuters/Tony O’Brien   LONDON, November 14 (Reuters) – Rafael Nadal’s unforgettable season came to a painful end when he withdrew from the […]

Nadal makes hardcourts look easy for third U.S. Open crown

Nadal makes hardcourts look easy for third U.S. Open crown

Tennis – US Open – Mens Final – New York, U.S. – September 10, 2017 – Rafael Nadal of Spain holds the trophy after defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa. REUTERS/Mike Segar   NEW YORK, September 11 (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal has long been king of the Paris clay but he was just as dominant […]

Nadal gets his revenge, ends Del Potro dream run

Nadal gets his revenge, ends Del Potro dream run

Tennis – US Open – Semifinals – New York, U.S. – September 8, 2017 – Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his win against Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina. REUTERS/Mike Segar   NEW YORK, September 9 (Reuters) – It took eight years but Rafa Nadal gained his revenge, ending Juan Martin del Potro’s hopes of […]

Tennis – Nadal schools young Russian, awaits Federer

Tennis – Nadal schools young Russian, awaits Federer

Sep 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain waves to the crowd after his match against Andrey Rublev of Russia (not pictured) on day ten of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports   NEW YORK, September 7 (Reuters) – […]

Nadal, Federer move on at US Open

Nadal, Federer move on at US Open

Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts in the third set during his third round match against Feliciano Lopez of Spain.     New York, September 3 (AFP): Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer edged closer to a US Open semi-final blockbuster on Saturday as controversial Italian Fabio Fognini was kicked out for a vile, misogynistic tirade at […]

Nadal survives early wobble to book last 16 spot in New York

Nadal survives early wobble to book last 16 spot in New York

Sept 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after beating Leonardo Mayer of Argentina on day six of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports   September 3(Reuters) – World number one Rafa Nadal ran […]

Pliskova sweeps into Cincinnati semis, Nadal comes up short

Pliskova sweeps into Cincinnati semis, Nadal comes up short

  MASON, August 19 (AP): Defending champion Karolina Pliskova pulled off a doubleheader sweep Friday at the Western & Southern Open, reaching the semifinals by winning a pair of matches with little rest in-between. Rafael Nadal couldn’t do the same.   Pliskova completed a match that was suspended overnight because of rain, beating qualifier Camila […]

Kyrgios sweeps away Nadal in Cincinnati quarter-final

Kyrgios sweeps away Nadal in Cincinnati quarter-final

  August 19 (REUTERS) – The excitable Nick Kyrgios made short work of top-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal in a dazzling 6-2 7-5 victory on Friday at the Cincinnati Open.   In a highly-anticipated quarter-final matchup, Australian Kyrgios breezed past the 15-times grand slam champion Nadal in about one hour and 20 minutes.   “He obviously […]

Thiem ends Nadal’s unbeaten run on clay

Thiem ends Nadal’s unbeaten run on clay

May 19 (Reuters) – Austria’s Dominic Thiem dumped seven-times champion Rafael Nadal out of the Italian Open 6-4 6-3 on Friday to reach the semi-finals.   Beaten twice by Nadal in the space of a month, in the Barcelona and Madrid Open finals, Thiem took his revenge by handing the 30-year-old Spaniard a first clay […]

Nadal sets up Djokovic showdown in Madrid

Nadal sets up Djokovic showdown in Madrid

MADRID, May 13 (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal set up an intriguing Madrid Open semi-final against Novak Djokovic by overcoming Belgian David Goffin 7-6(3) 6-2 in a high-quality last-eight match on Friday.   Nadal edged a bruising first set after blowing eight break points with a top-class tiebreak, playing adventurous shots which sapped Goffin’s energy and […]

Nadal eases to 10th Barcelona Open title

Nadal eases to 10th Barcelona Open title

BARCELONA, May 1 (Reuters) – Rafael Nadal won a record-extending 10th Barcelona Open title on Sunday by thrashing Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-4 6-1, collecting his second claycourt title in a row.   Nadal, who won the Monte Carlo Masters for a 10th time last week, romped to the title without dropping a set on […]

Nadal beats Sock in Miami quarters, Nishikori out

Nadal beats Sock in Miami quarters, Nishikori out

March 30 (REUTERS) – Rafa Nadal moved into the Miami Open semi-finals with a straight sets win over American Jack Sock on Wednesday, while second seed Kei Nishikori was sent packing after going down 6-4 6-2 to unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini.   Nadal staved off four break points to avoid going down a double-break early […]