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."
Rome, May 17 : Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic brushed aside their opponents to reach the quarter-finals while Rafael Nadal was made to sweat before reaching the final eight of the Rome Masters here.
Second seed Roger Federer saw off the challenge from French Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-2 to continue his pursuit of a maiden final in 2013. He will now play Jerzy Janowicz, who beat Richard Gasquet 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 Thursday, Xinhua reports.
World no. 1 Djokovic dispatched Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-4.
Rome, May 16 : Third seed Andy Murray pulled out of the Rome Masters due to an injury as Rafael Nadal advanced to the third round.
Fifth seed Nadal beat local hope Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-3 to kick off his quest for his seventh ATP title of the season winning 74 percent of his service points and breaking his 25th-ranked opponent five times Wednesday, reports Xinhua.
Murray required treatment for a lower back injury midway through the second set of the match against Marcel Granollers. Then he decided to retire.
Madrid, May 11 : Rafael Nadal came within two points of defeat before he fought back to progress into the last four of the Madrid Open.
Nadal had lost the first set and was trailing 5-6 on his serve and 15-30 down to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer Friday when Ferrer missed a relatively easy shot to force two match points.
Instead, the No. 4 seed saw his chance vanish, and Nadal recovered to take the game and force the set to a tiebreak, which he won, reports Xinhua.
He then used his new-found confidence to brush a crestfallen Ferrer aside in the third set to win 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-0.
Barcelona, April 26 : Tennis World No. 5 Rafael Nadal defeated France's Benoit Paire Friday to reach the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open.
It took the Spaniard 86 minutes to dispose of Paire 7-6(2), 6-2 in a rain-delayed game Thursday.
Seven-time Barcelona champion Nadal survived a first-set tie break to finish his opponent in the second, converting both of his break points.
Nadal, who missed his first clay title of the season after losing in last week's Monte Carlo final to Novak Djokovic, will face either his compatriot Albert Ramos or sixth seed Kei Nishikori in the quarters later Friday.
Barcelona, April 25 : Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal beat Argentina's Carlos Berlocq 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of Conde de Godo here.
The 26-year-old Nadal had no trouble at the beginning of the match and quickly broke serve before racing to a 5-3 lead in the first set Wednesday, Xinhua reports.
Berlocq, who is ranked 63rd in the world, showed spirit, breaking Nadal's serve and looking to attack the Spaniard at the net, but Nadal kept cool and took the next game to claim the opening set.
Barcelona, April 23 : World No. 5 Rafael Nadal was in an optimistic mood at the press conference held here for the Conde Godo tennis tournament despite his defeat in Monte Carlo by world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
Nadal, who has won the Conde Godo tournament seven times, said Monday he's very happy to be in Barcelona as it is a Spanish competition and very special for him, reports Xinhua.
Despite his defeat in Monte Carlo, where he had won eight times, Nadal said he came to Barcelona with the same thrill as he had won there.
Sao Paulo, Feb 16 : Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal recovered from a set down to reach the semi-finals of the Brazil Open with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Argentina's Carlos Berlocq.
The 26-year-old will face world No. 111 Martin Alund for a place in the final after the Argentinian defeated 88th-ranked Italian Filippo Volandri 7-5, 7-6 (5), reports Xinhua.
The ATP 250 clay-court event is Nadal's second tournament since returning from a seven-month layoff with a knee injury.
Sao Paulo, Feb 13 : Former World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has revealed the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has provided him with motivation to continue his career beyond the age of 30.
The 11-time Grand Slam winner is competing in both the singles and doubles tournaments at the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo, his second tournament since returning from a seven-month layoff due to a knee injury, reports Xinhua.
"The long-term objective in my mind is to play in Rio in 2016," the 26-year-old said during a press conference Tuesday.
"I know it's a long way from now, but it is also a real objective for me."
London, Feb 12 : Spanish tennis sensation Rafael Nadal has vowed to play despite his injury after losing his comeback final in the VTR Open at Chile.
Nadal, who was defeated by Argentinian Horacio Zeballos 6-7 7-6 6-4, has insisted that he needed to spend more time on the court and added that he had to face adversity with a good front even with his knee injury and look forward to playing his game, which he enjoys, the Mirror reports.
Tony Nadal, coach and uncle of the French Open champion, said that Nadal is facing a positive outcome, with his pain decreasing regularly, which was expected.
Melbourne, Feb 5 : Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal''s ailing left knee may continue to bother him until the end of the month, his coach has claimed.
Nadal has been practicing for four straight days, but according to his coach and uncle Toni Nadal, is still some distance from being match fit.
Nadal, however, will play in the VTR Open.
Toni Nadal said Rafael's knee was much better, but he would feel some discomfort and experience lack of mobility until the end of the month.