Nadal gets revenge on Almagro in Barcelona; Cilic ousted

Apr 23, 2015

Nadal gets revenge on Almagro in Barcelona; Cilic ousted

Rafael Nadal avenged last year’s loss to Nicolas Almagro by beating his fellow Spaniard 6-3, 6-1 at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday, while U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic slumped to a second-round exit. The second-seeded Nadal, who lost last week to Novak Djokovic in ...

Djokovic tops Nadal on clay

Apr 19, 2015

Djokovic tops Nadal on clay

Monte Carlo is not Rafael Nadal’s playground anymore, and Novak Djokovic is claiming the throne left vacant by the King of Clay. For the second time in three years, the top-ranked Serb ended Nadal’s run at the clay-court Masters tournament, overcoming a strong challenge ...

Djokovic, Nadal to clash

Apr 18, 2015

Djokovic, Nadal to clash

Winning a game against Novak Djokovic these days is quite an achievement. Even when you’re an U.S. Open champion. Djokovic won the first eight games of his Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinal match Friday before Marin Cilic managed to hold his serve, raising a thumb ...

Big guns roll into third round in Monte Carlo

Apr 16, 2015

Big guns roll into third round in Monte Carlo

Rafael Nadal is back on the clay he loves so much, and he looks like his old self again. Nadal, who has a mediocre 16-5 record this year, got the flawless start he was hoping for Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters, beating 21-year-old ...

Mar 28, 2015

Nadal, Murray post first-round wins

Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray got their Miami Open bids off to a solid start with straight sets victories at Key Biscayne on Friday. Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-4 6-2 in 89 minutes in windy conditions as he began his campaign to ...

Nishikori falls to lefty Lopez

Mar 19, 2015

Nishikori falls to lefty Lopez

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori lost in straight sets to Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday. After rallying to defeat Fernando Verdasco in Monday’s third round, Nishikori could not overcome Verdasco’s countryman and fellow big-serving ...

Nishikori rolls into quarters

Feb 26, 2015

Nishikori rolls into quarters

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori reached the quarterfinals of the Mexico Open on Wednesday with a comfortable straight-sets win over Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun. The top-seeded Nishikori, seeking his second title of the season after triumphing in Memphis two weeks ago, took just under an ...

Nadal struggles again, loses to Fognini in Rio semis

Feb 22, 2015

Nadal struggles again, loses to Fognini in Rio semis

Rafael Nadal was beaten in the semifinals of the Rio Open on Saturday night, losing 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 on clay to Italian Fabio Fognini, who will meet David Ferrer in the final. Nadal has played three tournaments this year and has not reached a ...

Feb 14, 2015

Nadal feeling good ahead of tourney

Rafael Nadal says he’s free of “physical problems” as his clay-court season starts next week at the Rio de Janeiro Open. It’s anyone’s guess how the Spaniard will play, coming off illness and injuries. He’s the world’s best on clay, winning nine of the ...

Berdych puts away Nadal

Jan 27, 2015

Berdych puts away Nadal

Rafael Nadal’s lack of match fitness from nearly six months of inactivity finally caught up with the 14-time Grand Slam singles champion at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Nadal was never much of a factor in his quarterfinal match against seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych, losing ...

Nadal, Sharapova look sharp on way to quarterfinal berths

Jan 25, 2015

Nadal, Sharapova look sharp on way to quarterfinal berths

Maria Sharapova was all business as she raced into the Australian Open quarterfinals on Sunday to set up a glamor showdown with Eugenie Bouchard, as Rafael Nadal continued his unrelenting Grand Slam march. The Russian world No. 2 ended Chinese hopes by swatting aside ...