MELBOURNE, Australia - Facing a break point late in the third set, Rafael Nadal sprinted to his left and hit a running, around-the-post forehand that landed just inside the line.Laslo Djere, ranked 56th, shrugged, his head dropped and he no ...
Feb 9, 2021
FORGET about aces or double-faults, winners or unforced errors: The statistic that has come to mean the most in tennis these days is "Grand Slam titles won."Which is why so much attention will be paid to Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ...
Feb 7, 2021
TENNIS legend Rafael Nadal commended Alex Eala's milestone, dedicating an entire Instagram post to congratulate her milestone victory."Congratulations Alex Eala for this important moment in your career. We are all very happy for you! Keep up the good work ...
Jan 25, 2021
THE number of players in hard quarantine swelled to 72 ahead of the Australian Open after a fifth positive coronavirus test was returned from the charter flights bringing players, coaches, officials and media to Melbourne for the season-opening tennis major. That ...
Jan 18, 2021
WHEN the 2020 men's tennis season ended at the ATP Finals, Rafael Nadal captured a common sentiment that still holds true as the 2021 tennis season is set to begin this week."The world is suffering a lot, so we ...
Jan 6, 2021
LONDON - Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals at the ATP Finals for the first time in five years and knocked out the defending champion in the process, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 Thursday (Friday, Manila time) at the ...
Nov 20, 2020
PARIS - Alexander Zverev advanced to the Paris Masters final for the first time by beating top-seeded Rafael Nadal 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time), denying Nadal the chance to win a tournament that continues to elude him.The ...
Nov 8, 2020
PARIS - Becoming only the fourth man to reach 1,000 match wins should have drawn deafening cheers and a standing ovation for tennis great Rafael Nadal.Instead, he reached his milestone amid a cathedral-like silence Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) in a ...
Nov 5, 2020
WHILE Alex Eala made the whole Philippines proud after a gallant finish at the French Open Juniors Tournament last week, congratulations from no less than living legend Rafael Nadal deserves another round of celebrations entirely. "Congratulations on a great result and keep ...
Oct 14, 2020
PARIS - Rafael Nadal tied Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles by producing a nearly perfect performance against Novak Djokovic in the French Open final.Nadal equaled long-time rival Federer for the most major singles tennis championships won by a man ...
Oct 12, 2020
LITERALLY living inside the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy in Mallorca, Spain for three years and counting, Filipina ace Alex Eala observed firsthand how tennis champions are made. In fact, in some way, the 15-year-old sees herself treading the same ground ...
Oct 11, 2020
PARIS - It's not often that a tennis player calls being on the wrong end of a 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 Grand Slam result "super awesome" or "definitely the best moment of my life."It's also rather ...
Oct 5, 2020
PARIS - On a Sunday of upsets among the women at the French Open, revenge was a dish served up in an autumnal chill by a Polish teenager.But it was business as usual for the men, with Rafael Nadal reaching his 14th ...
Oct 4, 2020
ROME - Rafael Nadal still has to shed some rustiness following a seven-month break from tennis as he prepares to chase a record-extending 13th French Open title.Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, still appears to have some anger issues two weeks after getting ...
Sep 20, 2020
ROME - Novak Djokovic behaved better Wednesday in his first match since being defaulted from the US Open.The top-ranked Serb was mostly courteous with the chair umpire and had no interaction with the line judges during a 6-3, 6-2 ...
Sep 17, 2020
NEW YORK - A US Open unlike any other finished unlike any other - and Dominic Thiem constructed a comeback the likes of which hadn't been seen in 71 years.After dropping the opening two sets against Alexander Zverev on Sunday (Monday, ...
Sep 14, 2020
DEFENDING champion Rafael Nadal will skip the US Open because of the coronavirus pandemic, putting on hold his bid to equal Roger Federer's men's record for Grand Slam titles.Nadal explained his decision in a series of tweets ...
Aug 5, 2020
ROGER Federer and Rafael Nadal own an unforgettable collection of on-court contests - including nine Grand Slam finals - and a healthy store of mutual off-court respect for each other."I saw him grow, right in front of my eyes," Federer said ...
Jul 10, 2020
BRISBANE, Australia - Ash Barty has joined the ranks of high-profile players concerned over the staging of the US Open while there's still so much uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic.The women's No. 1 hasn't had ...
Jun 15, 2020
IF it weren't for a pandemic-caused postponement, the French Open would have been in Week 2 now, and Rafael Nadal might still have been in contention for a 20th Grand Slam title. Instead, he's home in Spain, ...
Jun 5, 2020
IF the French Open were being held as scheduled right now -- instead of postponed to September because of the coronavirus pandemic -- Rafael Nadal would have been seeking a 20th Grand Slam title to equal Roger Federer's record for men.While ...
May 29, 2020
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