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Nadal reaches third round of French Open

Rafael NadalParis, May 30 - Defending champion Rafael Nadal reached the third round of French Open after thrashing Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 here Thursday.

World No. 57 Thiem showed some flashes of genius to break the top ranked Spaniard twice, but was broken seven times and committed 41 unforced errors, reports Xinhua.

The 20-year-old Austrian ran out of steam infront of the invincible eight-time winner who was in ruthless form.

Nadal praised Thiem for his great potential.

"Dominic is a dangerous player and I knew that if I wasn't playing well then I'd be in trouble," said Nadal.


Nadal, Djokovic, Sharapova sail into second round of `rain-interrupted` French Open

Rafael Nadal and Novak DjokovicLondon, May 27 - World top two players, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have sailed into the second round of the French Open following their respective first-round victories at a rain-interrupted Roland Garros on Monday.

The Spanish star beat American wildcard entry Robby Ginepri 6-0 6-3 6-0 in 102 minutes, while the Serb, who has never won the title at Roland Garros, beat his Portuguese opponent Joao Sousa in just under two hours.

According to the BBC, Djokovic has set up a round two meeting with France's Jeremy Chardy, who has defeated Spaniard Daniel Gimeno Traver 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.


Djokovic rallies to beat Nadal in Italian Open final

Novak-DjokovicRome, May 19 " Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal for the fourth straight time to capture his third Italian Open title with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win here.

In their 41st-career meeting, the most between two ATP players in the Open Era, Djokovic, the second seed, overcame a slow start to dominate the remaining two sets of the match here Sunday, reports Xinhua.

The precision of his hitting kept top-ranked Nadal on the defensive for much of the match, and he finished with 46 winners to just 15 for Nadal.


Nadal, Djokovic to face off in Italian Open final

Nadal, Djokovic to face off in Italian Open finalRome, May 18 - Top seed Rafael Nadal beat Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in straight sets to face second seed Novak Djokovic in Italian Open final.

Nadal Saturday brushed aside Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 while Djokovic had earlier fought his way past big-serving Milos Raonic 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, Xinhua reported.

The Spaniard earned his first two-set win of the week as Dimitrov seemed helpless before the seven-time champion's defence.


Nadal books semi-final spot at Italian Open after beating Murray in quarter-final clash

Rafael NadalLondon, May 17 - World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has destroyed Wimbledon champion Andy Murray's chances of attaining a semi-final spot at the Italian Open after beating him in a brilliant three-set thriller on Friday in their quarter-final clash.

Although the British No. 1 looked on course for his best-ever result on clay at 4-2 up in the decider, however, the Spaniard, who has won the tournament seven times in the past, hit back to win 1-6 6-3 7-5 in two hours and 40 minutes


Murray to face Nadal in Rome Masters quarters

Andy-MurrayRome, May 16 : Andy Murray beat Austria's Jurgen Melzer in the Rome Masters to set up a quarterfinal clash with world No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain.

Murray produced a determined display to win 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 Thursday, reports Xinhua.

Nadal overcame a slow start to ease to victory over Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (7-4), 6-2, 6-1.

Andy Murray, who turned 27 Thursday, won 15 points from 16 to win the first set tie-break and raced to a 2-0 lead in the second set.

"To be honest it's not a bad thing for me to play Nadal because I haven't played him for a long time," said Murray.


'Physically fit' Nadal upbeat about chances to retain French Open title

Rafael NadalJohannesburg, May 13 - World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is reportedly continuing his Roland Garros preparations as he heads into the Rome Masters, an event where he has been champion for the last five years, for a final major tune-up.

The Spaniard, who won the Madrid title after Japan's Kei Nishikori quit trailing 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 with back pain on Sunday, will reportedly be pleased to head to Italy as a winner.

According to Sport24, Nadal, who goes to the Foro Italico with a yearning to claim a ninth trophy at the French Open starting May 25, begins play in Rome either against Frenchman Gilles Simon or Filippo Volandri.


Nadal lucky to win Madrid Masters after Nishikori retires hurt

Rafael NadalMadrid ( Spain), May 12 - World Number One Rafael Nadal won his first European clay court title here at the Madrid Masters on Sunday, after a back injury forced Japan's Kei Nishikori to retire during the final.

According to the BBC, Nadal led 2-6 6-4 3-0 when a hobbling Nishikori, who had led by a set and a break, had to pull out of the match.

Nadal, 27, becomes the first man to win four Madrid titles and extends his Masters 1000 record to 27 victories.

Nadal has now won 44 clay-court titles and is just two away from equalling Argentine great Guillermo Vilas's all-time record of 46 on the surface


Nadal, Sharapova advance to semi-finals of Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal and Maria SharapovaJohannesburg, May 10 - World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and Russian ace Maria Sharapova have booked their places in the last four of the Madrid Open, with reigning champion Serena Williams, Swiss ace Roger Federer and world No. 2 Novak Djokovic pulling out of the tournament.

The Spanish star, who did not have a good season on his favoured clay this year-losing in the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, has beaten Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-2 to set up a semi-final against unseeded compatriot Roberto Bautista.


Easy wins for Nadal, Williams in Madrid Open

Serena WilliamsMadrid, May 8 - Serena Williams swept into the last 16 with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 victory over China's Peng Shuai, while Rafael Nadal began defence of his crown with a crushing 6-1, 6-0 win over Argentina's Juan Monaco in Madrid Tennis Open Wednesday.

Williams needed just over one hour and four minutes and never looked in trouble with another display of powerful tennis on a court where she has looked very much at home in recent years, Xinhua reported.

Peng Shuai cannot be accused of giving up, but was just unable to compete with Williams' powerful hitting.


Nadal honoured as Madrid's `adopted son` for his `award-laden` career

Rafael NadalJohannesburg, May 6 - The Spanish capital of Madrid has reportedly announced tennis' world No. 1 Rafael Nadal as its 'adopted son' in honour of his impressive career. Declaring someone an adopted son or daughter is the highest award, which Madrid city hall can award.

According to Sport24, Nadal said that it was a very special day for him, adding that he believes in respect for his opponents, humility, discipline, hard work and enthusiasm, adding that he uses those values in his personal life as well.


Nadal loses in Barcelona Open

Rafael NadalBarcelona, April 26 - Rafael Nadal Friday lost in the ATP Barcelona Open, the first time since his debut here in 2003.

The Spaniard lost in three sets to his compatriot Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinals by 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, ending his 41 game winning streak at the tournament, Xinhua reported.

He had not even dropped a set in the tournament since the 2008 final, and seemed cruising to his conquest of the title for the ninth time as he missed the 2010 version.

This was also the first victory for Almagro over Nadal in their 11-time meetings.


Nadal sails into Barcelona Open quarter-finals after beating Ivan Dodig

Rafael NadalLondon, Apr 25 - World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has booked a quarter-final berth at the Barcelona Open after defeating Croatian Ivan Dodig.

The Spaniard, who has won the tournament eight times, beat the world number 37 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and 23 minutes and will now meet fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro on Friday after he overcame compatriot Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-3.

According to the BBC, should he come through his last-eight contest, Nadal will face the winner of the quarter-final between German Philipp Kohlschreiber and Colombian Santiago Giraldo.


Nadal: It's not easy to go from hard courts to clay

Nadal: It's not easy to go from hard courts to clayMonaco, April 15 - Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who will make his debut at the Monte Carlo Masters Wednesday, said it was not easy to make the transition from hard courts to clay because it took time to make adjustments and find a rhythm.

"Let's not forget that I only play five or six tournaments on clay a year," Nadal said in a press conference.


Nadal retains top spot in new ATP rankings

Rafael NadalJohannesburg, Apr 8 - World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has retained his spot on top of the recent men's tennis rankings issued by the ATP.

Meanwhile, Frenchman Richard Gasquet has returned to the top ten at the expense of Canada's Milos Raonic.

According to Sport24, Nadal has 13, 730 points and Serbia's Novak Djokovic, a recent Indian Wells and Miami Masters winner, close behind on 11, 680, while Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland is third on 5760 points.

ATP top 10 as of April 7:

1. Rafael Nadal, Spain, 13, 730 points

2. Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 11, 680


Nadal, Wawrinka book fourth-round spots in Sony Open

Rafael NadalLondon, Mar 25 - World number one Rafael Nadal and Swiss champion Stanislas Wawrinka have breezed into the fourth round of the Sony Open in their bid to seek their first Miami titles.

The Spaniard crushed Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 6-1 6-0 within just 59 minutes to book his place in the last 16 and will next meet Italy's Fabio Fognini , who beat Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut 4-6 6-3 6-3.

According to the BBC, Australian Open champion Wawrinka beat Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-5 6-4 and he will now meet Ukraine's Alexander Dolgopolov, who was a 3-6 6-0 7-6 (7-5) winner over Serbian Dusan Lajovic, in the last 16.


Nadal comes perilously close to losing in Rio

Nadal comes perilously close to losing in RioRio de Janeiro, Feb 23 - Top-seeded Rafael Nadal suffered a fright before progressing to the final of the Rio Open with a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10) win over fellow- Spaniard Pablo Andujar.

The 13-time Grand Slam winner came close to losing his first match on clay for 10 months, saving two match points in a tense final-set tiebreak Saturday, reports Xinhua.

Nadal will meet Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov in the final of the ATP World Tour 500 event.


Nadal through to Rio Open quarterfinals

Nadal through to Rio Open quarterfinalsRio de Janeiro, Feb 21 - World No. 1 Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals of the Rio Open with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes.

The 27-year-old will now face the winner of the second-round match between Albert Ramos and Joao Sousa, reported Xinhua.

Nadal in the match Thursday showed none of the effects of a back problem that sidelined him after his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the Australian Open final last month.


Nadal 'honoured' by Maracana kick-off

Rafael-NadalRio de Janeiro, Feb 17 : World No. 1 tennis player Rafael Nadal revealed his delight at kicking-off Rio's local football derby between Vasco da Gama and Flamengo at the Maracana Stadium here.

The 27-year-old Spaniard, in the city for this week's inaugural Rio Open, was the guest of honour at the state league match, reports Xinhua.


Nadal to play in Rio Open after return from back injury

Rafael-NadalRio de Janeiro (Brazil), Feb 15 : Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who injured his back while warming up for the Australian Open final almost three weeks ago, and eventually lost to Swede Stanislas Wawrinka, is likely to take part in next week's Rio Open.

Nadal, who has won 13 Grand Slams, is one behind Pete Sampras, and closing in on Roger Federer's record of 17, knows that time as sportsman is running out, and that he needs to make the most of it because of his particular style of play.

According to the Dwan, the Spaniard said he is still motivated, positive about the 2014 tennis season.


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