Nadal confident of upturn in form

Aug 26, 2015

Nadal confident of upturn in form

Rafael Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam titles while coached by his uncle. A few difficult months won’t change his loyalty to Toni Nadal. “I have (had) an amazing career with the team that I have today, the same team from the beginning,” the ...

Monfils accused of tanking in defeat

Aug 18, 2015

Monfils accused of tanking in defeat

Ohio Gael Monfils was accused by commentators of “tanking” during his first-round match at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati on Monday, with the 14th-seeded Frenchman losing to Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 7-5 in 75 minutes. Monfils served so quickly in the second ...

Nishikori defeats Goffin, will meet Nadal in quarterfinals

Aug 14, 2015

Nishikori defeats Goffin, will meet Nadal in quarterfinals

Fourth seed Kei Nishikori topped 13th seed David Goffin of Belgium 6-4, 6-4 in their third-round match at the Rogers Cup on Thursday night to advance to the quarterfinals. Nishikori, ranked fourth in the world, will play longtime nemesis Rafael Nadal in the quarters ...

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 ...