Nadal sues former French minister over doping accusation

Apr 26, 2016

Nadal sues former French minister over doping accusation

Rafael Nadal filed suit Monday against a former French minister who accused him of doping, saying he needs to defend his integrity and image as an athlete. The Spanish tennis star said his lawyers lodged the defamation suit in Paris against Roselyne Bachelot because ...

Nadal defeats Nishikori in battle of Barcelona champions

Apr 25, 2016

Nadal defeats Nishikori in battle of Barcelona champions

Rafael Nadal beat defending champion Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-5 to win the Barcelona Open for the ninth time on Sunday, equaling Guillermo Vilas’ record of 49 career clay-court titles. Nadal added this title to his trophy from Monte Carlo last week as the 14-time ...

Nishikori advances to Barcelona Open final

Apr 23, 2016

Nishikori advances to Barcelona Open final

Two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori beat Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-2 to return to the final of the Barcelona Open. The second seed will face either eight-time winner Rafael Nadal or Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday. Nishikori got an early break to take a 3-2 lead ...

Nishikori downs Dolgopolov to reach Barcelona semis

Apr 23, 2016

Nishikori downs Dolgopolov to reach Barcelona semis

Two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori reached the Barcelona Open semifinals after beating Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-5, 6-0 on Friday. World No. 6 Nishikori, who had won all four of his previous meetings with the 30th-ranked Dolgopolov, was facing him on clay for the first ...

Nishikori breezes past Chardy to reach quarterfinal round

Apr 22, 2016

Nishikori breezes past Chardy to reach quarterfinal round

Two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori defeated Jeremy Chardy of France in straight sets on Thursday to advance to the Barcelona Open quarterfinals. Nishikori, seeded second and ranked No. 6 in the world, secured a 6-3, 7-5 win over the 33rd-ranked Chardy, his third straight ...

Apr 16, 2016

Federer ousted in quarterfinals

  Roger Federer was knocked out of the Monte Carlo Masters when he slumped to a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 defeat by local favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals on Friday. The Swiss third seed was back in action this week after a 10-week layoff ...

Apr 15, 2016

Murray trounces Raonic, awaits Nadal in Monte Carlo semifinal

Andy Murray will face the toughest clay test imaginable at the Monte Carlo Masters as he plays a semifinal with Rafael Nadal after crushing Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0 on Friday. Nadal, winner of eight straight titles here from 2005-12, holds the edge over the ...

Clinical Nishikori starts Miami Open campaign with win

Mar 27, 2016

Clinical Nishikori starts Miami Open campaign with win

World No. 6 Kei Nishikori got off to winning start at the Miami Open on Saturday, dismissing Frenchman Pierre Hugues-Herbert in straight sets to advance to the third round. Sixth-seeded Nishikori, who was given a bye in the first round, prevailed 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) ...

Djokovic rolls in first round

Mar 26, 2016

Djokovic rolls in first round

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic made a strong start Friday in his quest for a third consecutive Miami Open title, while Roger Federer’s expected return from a two-month layoff was over before it started. Djokovic, seeking his sixth Miami crown overall and the first “three-peat” since ...

Mar 26, 2016

Nadal wants rule changes

Rafael Nadal issued a warning to tennis leaders Friday that the sport faces future troubles if equipment evolution makes speed and power dominant over skill and tactics. On the eve of his opening match at the Miami Open, the 14-time Grand Slam singles champion ...

Djokovic tops Nadal to reach final

Mar 20, 2016

Djokovic tops Nadal to reach final

Novak Djokovic continued his recent mastery of Rafael Nadal on hard courts, winning 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 on his sixth match point Saturday to reach the BNP Paribas Open final for the third straight year. The world’s top-ranked player will meet Milos Raonic in Sunday’s ...

Nadal tops Nishikori in quarters

Mar 19, 2016

Nadal tops Nishikori in quarters

World No. 6 Kei Nishikori fell short against Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday, losing in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. “I had my chances, but my mistakes were decisive,” Nishikori said. “My forehand was really good at the ...