Nadal ousted by qualifier

Jul 3, 2015

Nadal ousted by qualifier

On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand — and whiffed, accidentally whacking his right leg with his racket. It was a painful, embarrassing mistake, symbolic of the sort of day this ...

Jun 26, 2015

Djokovic, three rivals placed on opposite sides of draw

Defending champion Novak Djokovic avoided his three biggest traditional rivals in the Wimbledon draw on Friday as the other members of tennis’ “Big Four” were all placed on the opposite side. Serena Williams had no such luck in the women’s draw, where she may ...

Nadal exits Queen's in first round

Jun 17, 2015

Nadal exits Queen's in first round

Two days after winning a grass-court title in Stuttgart, Rafael Nadal was knocked out in the first round of the Queen’s Club tournament on Tuesday when he fell 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4 to Alexandr Dolgopolov. By contrast, top-seeded Andy Murray opened his bid to ...

Nadal, Monfils into Stuttgart semifinals

Jun 13, 2015

Nadal, Monfils into Stuttgart semifinals

Top seed Rafael Nadal and Gael Monfils both struggled on their least-favorite surface Friday before setting up a semifinal at the first edition of the Stuttgart Open to be played on grass. The former July clay-court tournament is now part of the three-week run-up ...

Nadal battles past Baghdatis at Stuttgart Open

Jun 12, 2015

Nadal battles past Baghdatis at Stuttgart Open

Rafael Nadal began the difficult annual transition from clay to grass on Thursday, taking more than 2½ hours to advance to the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart Open. The top seed, whose ranking has fallen to 10th after a terrible clay season in which he ...

Djokovic ends Nadal's reign, routs nine-time champ

Jun 4, 2015

Djokovic ends Nadal's reign, routs nine-time champ

There was no trophy, and no title, on offer for Novak Djokovic at Court Philippe Chatrier. Perhaps there should have been, considering what he accomplished. Thoroughly outplaying the best there’s ever been on red clay, Djokovic ended Rafael Nadal’s 39-match French Open winning streak ...

Djokovic, Nadal set to clash in quarters

Jun 2, 2015

Djokovic, Nadal set to clash in quarters

From the moment the French Open draw was made more than a week ago, this is the match the tennis world has been awaiting: No. 1 Novak Djokovic against nine-time champion Rafael Nadal. Except instead of the final, Wednesday’s blockbuster will come in the ...

Djokovic rolls into 3rd round

May 29, 2015

Djokovic rolls into 3rd round

Novak Djokovic was more concerned with a loss of concentration than a loss of footing Thursday, as the top-ranked Serb reached the third round of the French Open by beating Gilles Muller 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. The eight-time Grand Slam champion, who has lost two ...

Nadal rolls to second-round victory over Almagro

May 28, 2015

Nadal rolls to second-round victory over Almagro

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal of Spain eased into the third round of the French Open with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 win against countryman Nicolas Almagro on Thursday. Although the sixth-seeded Nadal had to save a break point in his opening service game, and was ...

French Open draw tough on Nadal

May 23, 2015

French Open draw tough on Nadal

The tennis equivalent of climbing three mountains, just to reach the Roland Garros final. Never have the obstacles loomed so large between Rafael Nadal and another trophy on the red clay of Paris. The draw Friday could hardly have been more unkind for the ...

Courier says Nadal will be vulnerable at French Open

May 19, 2015

Courier says Nadal will be vulnerable at French Open

Nine-time French Open champion Rafa Nadal will no longer be regarded as an “immovable obstacle” at Roland Garros this year, according to two-time former winner Jim Courier. The American, who ruled the clay-court Grand Slam in 1991 and 1992, has watched the Spaniard’s increasing ...

Djokovic bests Nishikori in 3 sets

May 16, 2015

Djokovic bests Nishikori in 3 sets

Kei Nishikori lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open. The three-time champion and current title holder Djokovic lost serve only once in the match. Nishikori, fighting back from a one-set deficit, converted ...