ALL the ingredients are there for a classic fourth-round match between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios at night on Rod Laver Arena.Their matches are always close, Nadal leads 4-3 in career head-to-heads, and they're 1- ...
2 days ago
MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal feels good about his tennis as the Australian Open heads to Week 2."I needed to improve," he said, "and I improved."This assessment arrived after Nadal needed less than 100 minutes to move a step closer to ...
3 days ago
MELBOURNE, Australia - The secret to Novak Djokovic's post-30 success? Not his best-in-tennis return. Or his limb-twisting, body-bending court coverage. Or even his baseline consistency or clutch gene.No, ask Djokovic to explain how he keeps ...
Jan 19, 2020
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Roger Federer, for one, figures questions about whether Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic - or both? - will surpass his men's record for most Grand Slam singles titles are moot.That's because he's sure it's going ...
Jan 17, 2020
MELBOURNE, Australia - A capacity crowd of more than 15,000 at Rod Laver Arena watched Roger Federer defeat Nick Kyrgios in a one-set finale to the Australian Open's Rally for Relief to aid wildfire charities on Wednesday.Tennis Australia ...
Jan 16, 2020
SYDNEY - Rafael Nadal won a revamped Davis Cup in November and he lost Sunday's final of the ATP Cup, the newest international team competition.He thinks it's too much.After walking off following another hardcourt loss to Novak ...
Jan 13, 2020
SYDNEY - Rafael Nadal was coming off a really late night, and was determined to finish work before midnight on the eve of the inaugural ATP Cup final against Serbia.After more than 20 tight games against 20-year-old Alex de Minaur&# ...
Jan 11, 2020
LONDON - Rafael Nadal won his second consecutive Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award and third overall Thursday (Friday, Manila time), based on voting by other players, while Andy Murray was chosen the ATP's 2019 comeback player of the year.Murray, a three- ...
Dec 20, 2019
MADRID - Rafael Nadal gave all he had on the Caja Mágica center court in Madrid.The top-ranked Spanish star even admitted he risked getting injured by playing eight matches - five singles, three doubles - in six days at the Davis Cup ...
Nov 25, 2019
MADRID - Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both played singles and doubles on Friday, but only the Spaniard was able to lead his team into the last four at the Davis Cup Finals.Nadal guided Spain to a 2-1 comeback victory over ...
Nov 23, 2019
MADRID - Rafael Nadal kept Spain's hopes alive, then Marcel Granollers and Feliciano López completed the comeback in the decisive doubles match to give the hosts a 2-1 win over Russia in the inaugural Davis Cup Finals.Granollers and ...
Nov 20, 2019
LONDON - Defending champion Alexander Zverev secured the last semifinal spot at the ATP Finals on Friday, eliminating Rafael Nadal in the process.Zverev beat already eliminated Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 7-6 (4) at the O2 Arena to finish second behind Stefanos ...
Nov 16, 2019
LONDON - Facing match point at 5-1 down in the third set, Rafael Nadal gave himself about a one-in-a-thousand chance of turning things around against Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Finals.Those odds turned out to be more than ...
Nov 14, 2019
LONDON - After being thoroughly outplayed by defending champion Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals, Rafael Nadal refused to make any excuses.The top-ranked Spaniard wouldn't blame the abdominal problem that forced him to pull out of the Paris Masters ...
Nov 12, 2019
MADRID - Rafael Nadal is back at the top of the ATP rankings, regaining the No. 1 spot for the first time since November 2018.The 33-year-old Spaniard has become the second-oldest No. 1 player. Roger Federer led the rankings ...
Nov 5, 2019
PARIS - Injury blighted Rafael Nadal again as he pulled out of his Paris Masters semifinal on Saturday, meaning top-ranked Novak Djokovic will go for his fifth title at the indoor tournament against Denis Shapovalov.Fans hopeful of seeing a 55th career ...
Nov 3, 2019
PARIS - Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Rafael Nadal remain on course to face off in the Paris Masters final, a 55th match in their intense rivalry, after winning their quarterfinals in straight sets on Friday.Djokovic demolished seventh-seeded Stefanos ...
Nov 2, 2019
PARIS - Rafael Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka for the 19th time in 22 meetings, winning, 6-4, 6-4, on Thursday to reach the Paris Masters quarterfinals.The two players share 22 Grand Slams, but Nadal has 19 of them and once again ...
Nov 1, 2019
GENEVA - After Roger Federer secured a must-win victory for Team Europe, Alexander Zverev ensured the Laver Cup was retained on Sunday in a title-deciding super-tiebreaker against Milos Raonic of Team World.Zverev fired a cross-court forehand winner to ...
Sep 23, 2019
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Daniil Medvedev continued his storming run of form by beating Borna Coric 6-3, 6-1 to win the St. Petersburg Open final.On a run of playing in five consecutive finals including his US Open defeat to Rafael ...
Sep 23, 2019
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