Injured Nadal pulls out of U.S. Open

Aug 19, 2014

Injured Nadal pulls out of U.S. Open

Reigning champion Rafael Nadal pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an injury for the second time in three years Monday, leaving Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as the men to beat at the year’s last Grand Slam tournament. Nadal announced his withdrawal, ...

Injured Nadal out of U.S. Open

Aug 18, 2014

Injured Nadal out of U.S. Open

Rafael Nadal will not defend his title at the U.S. Open because of an injured right wrist. Nadal and the tournament announced his withdrawal Monday, a week before the year’s last Grand Slam tournament begins. The 27-year-old Spaniard was hurt July 29 while practicing ...

Unheralded Kyrgios shocks No. 1 Nadal

Jul 2, 2014

Unheralded Kyrgios shocks No. 1 Nadal

For the third year in a row, Rafael Nadal made an early exit from Wimbledon after a stunning loss to a player ranked 100th or lower. Nick Kyrgios, a 19-year-old wild card from Australia with a world ranking of 144, served 37 aces and ...

Serena sent packing in third round

Jun 29, 2014

Serena sent packing in third round

All of a sudden, Serena Williams is failing to stick around for long at Grand Slam tournaments. Betrayed by her backhand and, more surprisingly, her usually dangerous serve, five-time Wimbledon champion Williams lost to 25th-seeded Alize Cornet of France 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 Saturday in ...

Nishikori rolls into 3rd round

Jun 27, 2014

Nishikori rolls into 3rd round

Kei Nishikori admitted he had made a perfect start to his Wimbledon campaign as the 10th seed moved into the third round with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 thrashing of American qualifier Denis Kudla on Thursday. Nishikori has never gone past the third round at ...

Nadal wins French Open

Jun 9, 2014

Nadal wins French Open

Trying to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open is, without a doubt, the toughest task in tennis. Indeed, must be among the greatest challenges in all of sports. The pressure he applies, from set to set, game to game, point to point, shot ...

Nadal, Djokovic to clash in final round

Jun 7, 2014

Nadal, Djokovic to clash in final round

Rafael Nadal is going for No. 9 at the French Open, and the only man that can stop him is Novak Djokovic. Nadal is already a record eight-time champion with a lifetime 65-1 record at Roland Garros. One more victory on the red clay ...

Nadal rallies past Ferrer, will meet Murray in semis

Jun 5, 2014

Nadal rallies past Ferrer, will meet Murray in semis

Briefly, and only briefly, Rafael Nadal was in a difficult spot in the French Open quarterfinals. For the first time in this year’s tournament, the eight-time champion dropped a set. And this had to be on Nadal’s mind: His opponent, David Ferrer, could present ...

Nadal blows away Lajovic to make quarters

Jun 3, 2014

Nadal blows away Lajovic to make quarters

Maybe, just maybe, Rafael Nadal was a tad vulnerable, the thinking went before this French Open. He had lost three times on his beloved red clay already this year, more defeats than he ever had on the surface before heading to Roland Garros. Then ...

Nadal moves into fourth round after dispatching Mayer

Jun 1, 2014

Nadal moves into fourth round after dispatching Mayer

Rafael Nadal once again showed he is the man to beat at the French Open after putting down a brief rebellion from Argentine Leonardo Mayer to win 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 and reach the fourth round despite a sore back on Saturday. Mayer went for ...

Nadal storms into 3rd round

May 30, 2014

Nadal storms into 3rd round

Rafael Nadal provided a claycourt lesson for one of the game’s young apprentices at the French Open when he crushed rising Austrian Dominic Thiem with a masterly display to reach the third round on Thursday. The eight-time champion showed flashes of his intimidating best ...

Kei bounced in first round

May 27, 2014

Kei bounced in first round

Still not fully recovered from injury, ninth-seeded Kei Nishikori lost 7-6 (7-4), 6-1, 6-2 to 59th-ranked Martin Klizan of Slovakia in the first round of the French Open on Monday. A year ago, Nishikori became the first Japanese man in 75 years to reach ...