Rio 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.
Rio 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.
Rio 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.
Rio 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.
Johannesburg, Jan 25 : World number one Rafael Nadal has said that playing against Roger Federer always brings the best out of him after he pushed his way into the Australian finals with a straight-sets victory over the Swiss on Friday.
In breezy conditions inside Rod Laver Arena, Nadal romped to a 7-6(4) 6-3 6-3 victory - his 23rd in his 33 meetings with the former world number one - to set up a final against another Swiss, Stanislas Wawrinka.
Sydney, Jan 21 - World number one Rafael Nadal has reportedly called for match referees 'who understand the game', saying that the increased use of technology in tennis is causing umpires to lose feeling for how the game is being played.
Nadal was given two time violations during his three-set win over Kei Nishikori in the Australian Open fourth round, and was also warned for communicating with his coach and uncle, Toni.
Doha, Jan 5 - Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, ranked No. 1 in the world, took his first title of the season and the 61st of his career by downing France's Gael Monfils Saturday in the final of the Qatar ExxonMobile Open at Doha by 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 in a two-hour match.
The win had a taste of revenge about it for the Spaniard, who lost only twice in his career to Monfils but both times at Doha, where the Frenchman beat Nadal in the 2012 semifinals and the 2009 quarterfinals.
London, Jan 3 : World number one Rafael Nadal has advanced to the Qatar Open semi-finals after beating Lativian Ernests Gulbis 7-5 6-4, continuing his smooth start to the 2014 season.
The Spaniard, who won the French and US Opens last year after a long injury lay-off, will play Peter Gojowczyk next after the German qualifier's 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) victory over compatriot Dustin Brown.
According to the BBC, the Spaniard, who trailed 3-0 in the second set in Doha before fighting back to win, said that he is focusing on winning at Doha, instead of raising his hopes for the Australian Open right now.
Johannesburg, Dec 31 : World number one Rafael Nadal has reportedly undergone a new treatment on his troublesome knees in a bid to complete a full season on the ATP Tour for the first time since 2011.
The Spaniard missed all of the second half of 2012 as well as the first Grand Slam of 2013, in Australia, prompting many predictions that he would never be a world-beater again and although he proved these wrong, previous treatments have brought only temporary improvements, he is mindful that he has reached a crucial phase of his career.
Johannesburg, Dec 14 - Rafael Nadal showed he was not tired of dethroning world number one players when he saw off Daniel Negreanu to win a charity poker tournament in Prague on Thursday, according to reports.
According to Sport24, the 100,000-euro tournament was the first-ever live poker event for the 27-year-old Spaniard, who had stripped Serbia's Novak Djokovic of the world's top spot in tennis this year.
Nadal has been a fervent poker player since a knee injury sidelined him from his day job last year, but had so far only played in online poker tournaments, the report said.
Johannesburg, Nov 19 : Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal has maintained his position on top of the newest men's tennis rankings issued by the ATP.
The Spaniard ensured he would end the year as world number one with victory over Stanislas Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Finals in London on November 6.
According to Sport24, Nadal went on to lose the final to Djokovic, but on 13,030 points could be overtaken by the Serb, who is on 1, 260 at the second, with Spain's David Ferrer third on 5,800 points.
London, Nov 9 : World No. 1 Rafael Nadal defeated Tomas Berdych for the 16th straight time to qualify for the semi-finals from Group A with a perfect 3-0 record at the ATP World Tour Finals here Friday.
Nadal, who had already sealed his berth, helped seventh seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switerland to qualify for the semi-finals. Berdych needed to beat Nadal to ensure his spot in the last four, reported Xinhua.
"Stan came to the locker room and said good luck. I said I would try my best. It's a good result for Stan. He's good friend of mine," said Nadal.
London, Nov 7 - Rafael Nadal sealed the year-end No. 1 ranking for the third time by edging Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) at the ATP World Tour Finals Wednesday.
Nadal also qualified for the semi-finals of the event with two straight wins in Group A. He had crushed fellow Spaniard Ferrer in straight sets, reported Xinhua.
Tomas Berdych kept his hope of qualifying alive by upsetting third seed David Ferrer.
Berdych, the fifth seed and losing to Wawrinka in his first match, cruised to a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ferrer.
Shanghai, Oct 8 : World No. 1 Rafael Nadal looks forward the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament, seeking to win a record sixth ATP Tour Masters 1000 title of the season.
The 27-year-old currently leads the way with 26 Masters crowns, his closest challenger being Swiss mogul Roger Federer with 21. No male tennis player has won six Masters titles in a season.
"I consider the ATP World Tour Masters 1000s one of the toughest tournaments to play because if you are not playing well from the beginning, it is very difficult to be through," Nadal was quoted as saying by Xinhua Tuesday.
Beijing, Oct 5 : Rafael Nadal of Spain was guaranteed of returning to the World No. 1 spot for the first time since July 2011 after his opponent Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic retired from their semifinal clash at the China Open here Saturday.
Current No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia will take on Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the other semifinal and no matter the result of the match, he will lose the top spot to Nadal.
Nadal had two breaks while Berdych had one in the first six games and the Czech seemed to twist his back hitting the ball while trailing at 2-4. And after five minutes' medical time, the Czech opted to quit.
Madrid, Sep 12 : Recently crowned US Open champion Rafael Nadal has arrived here to help Spain make sure of their presence in the world tennis elite.
Over the coming three days, Spain play Ukraine in the Davis Cup in Madrid's Caja Magica looking to ensure their continuation in the World Group after a surprising first round exit to Canada in February.
Nadal was not part of that defeat as he put the finishing touches to his recovery from the long term knee injury which had sidelined him since his second round exit in Wimbledon 2012.
New York, Sep 10 - Spaniard Rafael Nadal defeated top-seeded Serb Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to claim his second US Open tennis men's singles title here Monday.
It was the 13th overall Grand Slam title for Nadal. The 27-year-old had won three consecutive ATP tournaments, and the US Open title was his 10th one, more than Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray combined, in his dominant 2013 season.
Nadal extended his hard court winning streak to 22 matches after Monday's victory. (IANS)
New York, Sep 8 - World No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia survived a five-set battle to outclass Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Saturday, setting up a meeting with World No. 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain in Monday's US Open final.
"That's what we live for, what we practise for," said the Serbian who reached his fourth straight US Open final, about the epic 249-minute match against ninth-seeded Swiss, reports Xinhua.
Washington, Aug 16 : Roger Federer would face Rafael Nadal for the 31st time after advancing to the last eight at the Western and Southern Open tennis championship.
In their first 30 meetings, Nadal holds the edge over the Swiss maestro having won 20 times. However, they have a 6-6 record when it comes to playing on hard court, reports Xinhua.
Between them, they have won 29 Grand Slam titles.
Federer beat Tommy Haas, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 Thursday to advance to the quarters and will play Nadal Friday night. (IANS)
Paris, May 25 : Seven-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal said that he is in good shape for the tennis tournament but the only problem that could affect him is cold weather.
Nadal, playing his first Grand Slam event after losing in the second round at Wimbledon, was drawn in the same half as world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, which means he could meet the Serb as early as at the semifinals, reports Xinhua.
"When I came back, I played well," said the Spaniard. "I had a very good few tournaments. I am here back another year and just be there is a very positive news for me. The only negative thing is this cold weather."