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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates as he plays Germany's Alexander Zverev, during their quarter-final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament(AP)

Nadal ends losing streak against Zverev with win in Rome

AP | , Rome
PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2021 07:27 PM IST
Zverev had beaten Nadal in straight sets at the same stage in Madrid a week ago but their latest meeting went the Spaniard’s way from the start.
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his third-round match against Canada's Denis Shapovalov(REUTERS)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his third-round match against Canada's Denis Shapovalov(REUTERS)

Never count him out: Nadal rallies past Shapovalov in Rome

AP | , Rome
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2021 10:31 PM IST
Nadal roared back from 3-0 down in the second set and then saved two match points on his serve at 6-5 in the third.
Russia's Daniil Medvedev(AP)
Russia's Daniil Medvedev(AP)

Daniil Medvedev moves to No. 2 in rankings; U.S. men tumble

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 11:07 PM IST
Novak Djokovic remained No. 1, extending his all-time record to 320 weeks. Medvedev slid in behind him after Spain's Nadal fell to eventual champion Alexander Zverev of Germany in the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open last week.
Italy's Jannik Sinner: File photo(AP)
Italy's Jannik Sinner: File photo(AP)

Italian teen Sinner sets up match with Nadal in Rome

AP | , Rome
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 09:55 PM IST
The Italian teenager served for the first set at 6-5 in the Roland Garros quarterfinals and was up a break early in the second. He squandered both opportunities and was eliminated in straight sets.
Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Alexei Popyrin of Australia during their match at the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid(AP)
Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Alexei Popyrin of Australia during their match at the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid(AP)

Nadal reaches Madrid Open quarters, Barty into final

AP | , Madrid
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 08:46 PM IST
Nadal overcame eight aces and saved five break points against the Australian. The five-time Madrid champion cruised past Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz in the second round on Wednesday.
Spain's Rafael Nadal waves to supporters after winning Spain's Carlos Alcaraz at Madrid Open(AP)
Spain's Rafael Nadal waves to supporters after winning Spain's Carlos Alcaraz at Madrid Open(AP)

Madrid Open: Nadal cruises past Spanish teenage sensation

AP | , Madrid
PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2021 09:36 PM IST
Nadal, seeking his sixth title in Madrid and looking to regain top form ahead of the French Open, was never threatened by Alcaraz, who turned 18 on Wednesday.
Rafael Nadal(Twitter)
Rafael Nadal(Twitter)

Nadal outlasts Tsitsipas to win Barcelona Open for 12th time

AP | , Barcelona
PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2021 12:40 AM IST
It was the first title of the year for the third-ranked Nadal, who has been struggling to find his best form. He secured the clay-court title by converting on his third match point.
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during a quarterfinal Godo tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, April 23, 2021. Nadal defeated Cameron Norrie of Britain 6-1, 6-4.(AP)
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during a quarterfinal Godo tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, April 23, 2021. Nadal defeated Cameron Norrie of Britain 6-1, 6-4.(AP)

Nadal beats Norrie in 2 sets to move into Barcelona semis

AP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 23, 2021 10:51 PM IST
  • After Nadal breezed through the first set, Britain’s Norrie won back a break in the second. Nadal, however, took the advantage right back and closed it out when he converted on a second match point by smashing a forehand just inside the line.
Rafael Nadal of Spain follows his shot to Andrey Rublev of Russia during their quarterfinal match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Friday, April 16, 2021.(AP)
Rafael Nadal of Spain follows his shot to Andrey Rublev of Russia during their quarterfinal match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Friday, April 16, 2021.(AP)

Nadal rues missed chance after Rublev shock in Monte Carlo

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 10:44 AM IST
Playing his first tournament since losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open quarter-finals, 20-times Grand Slam champion Nadal struggled on serve as he crashed to only his sixth defeat at the tournament he has won 11 times.
TOPSHOT - Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his second round singles match against Italy's Jannik Sinner on day five of the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tournament in Monaco on April 14, 2021. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)(AFP)
TOPSHOT - Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his second round singles match against Italy's Jannik Sinner on day five of the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tournament in Monaco on April 14, 2021. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)(AFP)

Djokovic, Nadal make winning returns at Monte Carlo Masters

AP | , Monaco
PUBLISHED ON APR 14, 2021 08:39 PM IST
Djokovic produced a clinical 6-4, 6-2 win over up-and-coming Jannik Sinner before Nadal — an 11-time champion at the Country Club — defeated Federico Delbonis 6-1, 6-2.
(From left to right) Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer(ATP/Twitter)
(From left to right) Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer(ATP/Twitter)

When will next generation of tennis overtake the Big Three?

AP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 06, 2021 09:58 AM IST
  • With Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer skipping the Miami Open, the tournament was expected to bring the game’s new faces into sharper focus. Instead, the outlook remains fuzzy as the clay season begins.
Rafael Nadal: File Photo(REUTERS)
Rafael Nadal: File Photo(REUTERS)

Recovering Nadal to skip Miami and focus on clay court swing

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 16, 2021 11:51 PM IST
Nadal had not played since his quarter-final exit at the Australian Open last month and also skipped the ATP 500 event in Dubai.
FILE PHOTO: Spain's Rafael Nadal in action.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Spain's Rafael Nadal in action.(REUTERS)

Nadal not ready to play yet due to back issue, skips Dubai event

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 11, 2021 03:04 PM IST
Nadal struggled with the problem in the build-up to the year's first Grand Slam and skipped Spain's ATP Cup ties but still managed to reach the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park without dropping a set before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Dominic Thiem: File photo(REUTERS)
Dominic Thiem: File photo(REUTERS)

Thiem keen to dethrone Nadal at Roland Garros

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 11:19 AM IST
Thiem said getting the better of Nadal at the French Open would be a massive challenge.
Tennis - Australian Open - Men's Singles Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev speaks to the crowd holding the runners up trophy after losing his final match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Men's Singles Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev speaks to the crowd holding the runners up trophy after losing his final match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake(REUTERS)

Medvedev gets another shot at No.2 ranking after Nadal pullout

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 01:18 PM IST
Medvedev rose to a career high third in the ATP rankings on Monday after finishing runner-up to world number one Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. He would have moved above Nadal had he beaten the Serbian.
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021 Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during his quarter final match against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Jaimi Joy(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021 Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during his quarter final match against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Jaimi Joy(REUTERS)

Nadal pulls out of Rotterdam Open with back issue

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 08:59 PM IST
The 20-time Grand Slam winner has been struggling with a back issue since the build-up to the Australian Open and was forced to skip Spain's ATP Cup ties earlier this month.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev.(REUTERS)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev.(REUTERS)

Where are Djokovic, Nadal and Federer in all-time men’s Grand Slam winners list?

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 10:21 AM IST
How many Grand Slams have Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have won in their careers?
Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas shakes hands with Spain's Rafael Nadal after winning his quarter-final match(REUTERS)
Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas shakes hands with Spain's Rafael Nadal after winning his quarter-final match(REUTERS)

Nadal loses to Tsitsipas in 5 sets at Australian Open

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 06:30 PM IST
Nadal was overhauled 3-6 2-6 7-6(4) 6-4 7-5 by the Greek in the evening clash at Rod Laver Arena.
Rafael Nadal reacts after winning a point against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open(AP)
Rafael Nadal reacts after winning a point against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open(AP)

Rafael Nadal's Grand Slam set streak ends at 35

AP |
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2021 05:14 PM IST
The 20-time Grand Slam champion flubbed two overheads in the tiebreaker and also framed a backhand. Nadal pushed another backhand long on the last point of that set.
Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his quarter-final match against Germany's Alexander Zverev(REUTERS)
Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his quarter-final match against Germany's Alexander Zverev(REUTERS)

'Not normal': Djokovic raises the quarantine-injury connection

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 11:36 PM IST
On the other half of the draw, Rafael Nadal's own bad back is improving, at least, as he heads into his quarterfinal against a man whose fourth-round foe pulled out of the Grand Slam tournament because of his own abdominal injury.
Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during his third round match against Britain's Cameron Norrie (REUTERS)
Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during his third round match against Britain's Cameron Norrie (REUTERS)

Rafael Nadal into 4th round in Australia; back seems OK

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 06:17 PM IST
  • Nadal is chasing a men’s record 21st major title but entered the tournament with back stiffness and without any competitive matches in 2021. He reached the fourth round at Melbourne Park for the 14th time in 16 trips.
Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his second-round match against Michael Mmoh(REUTERS)
Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his second-round match against Michael Mmoh(REUTERS)

Australian Open: Nadal beats Mmoh in straight sets in Melbourne

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 11, 2021 06:50 PM IST
The 20-time major champion completed the match against the 177th-ranked Mmoh in 1 hour, 47 minutes and said it was a “positive evening for me.”
Melbourne: Spain's Rafael Nadal makes a backhand return to Serbia's Laslo Djere during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. (AP)
Melbourne: Spain's Rafael Nadal makes a backhand return to Serbia's Laslo Djere during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. (AP)

Australian Open: Rafael Nadal storms into second round

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 12:26 PM IST
Nadal progressed ahead in the Grand Slam as he defeated Serbia's Laslo Dere 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 in the first-round match at the Rod Laver Arena.
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 7, 2021 Spain's Rafael Nadal during a practice session before the Australian Open REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 7, 2021 Spain's Rafael Nadal during a practice session before the Australian Open REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake(REUTERS)

Rafael Nadal bothered by back soreness before Australian Open

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 12:36 PM IST
The back problem is causing Nadal uncertainty. He was sidelined for the ATP Cup at Melbourne Park, where he was little more than a spectator as Spain, last year's runners-up, lost in the semifinals.
Spain's Rafael Nadal during a practice session before the Australian Open.(REUTERS)
Spain's Rafael Nadal during a practice session before the Australian Open.(REUTERS)

Nadal eases injury fears in Melbourne Park training session

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 03:31 PM IST
The 20-times Grand Slam champion took to the John Cain Arena court in the late afternoon and appeared unhampered as he hammered balls across the net with trademark ferocity.
FILE PHOTO: Tennis star Rafael Nadal of Spain practices at Melbourne Park in advance of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, January 31, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Tennis star Rafael Nadal of Spain practices at Melbourne Park in advance of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, January 31, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File photo(REUTERS)

With history in sight, Nadal seeks to scratch 12-year itch in Melbourne

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 12:24 PM IST
With Nadal having swept up another four majors over the last three years, including taking his Roland Garros tally to a jaw-dropping 13 titles, he now stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Federer on the Grand Slam totem pole.
File photo of Rafael Nadal(REUTERS)
File photo of Rafael Nadal(REUTERS)

Nadal sidelined, team Djokovic wins to open ATP Cup defense

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 01:10 PM IST
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic recovered from blisters that disrupted his preparation and was in his element on Rod Laver Arena as Serbia opened its ATP Cup title defense with a 2-1 win over Canada.
Rafael Nadal practices at Melbourne Park in advance of the Australian Open in Melbourne(REUTERS)
Rafael Nadal practices at Melbourne Park in advance of the Australian Open in Melbourne(REUTERS)

Unusual circumstances, but time to talk tennis for Nadal

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 02:41 PM IST
The 34-year-old, who secured his 20th Grand Slam title at last year's delayed French Open, completed his two weeks of isolation in Adelaide on Friday before playing an exhibition match and then heading to Melbourne.
FILE PHOTO: A general view of Melbourne Park as tennis players undergo a mandatory quarantine ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: A general view of Melbourne Park as tennis players undergo a mandatory quarantine ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia(REUTERS)

With quarantines almost over, tennis set to start Down Under

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 12:20 PM IST
The 14-day period of isolation for most players was scheduled to end from late Thursday and early Friday local time.
Spain's Rafael Nadal, center, arrives at Adelaide Airport ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship, Adelaide, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Arriving players will serve a 14-day quarantine period ahead of the first Grand slam tennis tournament that is set to get underway on February 8 in Melbourne. (Morgan Sette/AAP Image via AP)(AP)
Spain's Rafael Nadal, center, arrives at Adelaide Airport ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship, Adelaide, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Arriving players will serve a 14-day quarantine period ahead of the first Grand slam tennis tournament that is set to get underway on February 8 in Melbourne. (Morgan Sette/AAP Image via AP)(AP)

Players arrive for Australian Open; straight into quarantine

AP |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 01:53 PM IST
The first of about 1,200 players, coaches, entourage and officials landed late Thursday. The players were met by airport staff and biosecurity officials wearing personal protective equipment including masks and face shields, before being taken to hotel quarantine.
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