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Rafael Nadal’s injury sends Juan Martin del Potro to U.S. Open final against Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal felt the pain sear into his right knee early in his U.S. Open semifinal, on what he called “a bad movement.” It was a familiar pain, one that …


Serena Williams hits 18 aces in U.S. Open win

Serena Williams reached the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows for a 10th consecutive appearance – she wasn’t there last year because she gave birth to her daughter during the tournament – …


Rafael Nadal ends Stefanos Tsitsipas’ Toronto run

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal beat unseeded Greek upstart Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 7-6 (4) for his fourth Rogers Cup crown and fifth victory this year.


He’s back: Novak Djokovic tops Rafael Nadal to reach 5th Wimbledon final

Novak Djokovic sent the strongest signal yet he is back at full strength by reaching his fifth Wimbledon final with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 3-6, 10-8 victory over rival …


Wimbledon’s Centre Court brings out the stars

They roared for Roger Federer just for showing up, greeting his arrival at Wimbledon’s main stadium as if his mere presence were enough to justify the price of admission.


Rafael Nadal wins 11th French Open title by beating Dominic Thiem in 3 sets

Nadal won his record-extending 11th championship at the French Open on Sunday, overcoming a late problem with a finger on his racket-swinging hand and displaying his foe-rattling best for a …


‘A little hope’: Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem in French Open final

The only man to beat Rafael Nadal on clay this year was Dominic Thiem. And the only man to beat Nadal on clay last year was Thiem. So if anyone …


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 11:12 a.m.

Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep set up French Open semifinal; Rafael Nadal in limbo

Garbine Muguruza overwhelmed Maria Sharapova in the French Open quarterfinals and won 6-2, 6-1. Simona Halep needed to work a lot harder for her three-set comeback victory over Angelique Kerber. …


Rafael Nadal, Elina Svitolina win Italian Open titles

Rafael Nadal came out on top in a matchup of this year’s top two clay-court players, beating defending champion Alexander Zverev 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 Sunday to win a record-extending eighth …


UPDATED: Sat., May 19, 2018, 4:50 p.m.

Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic, will face Alexander Zverev for Rome title

Rafael Nadal is challenged in the first set by Novak Djokovic before pulling away for a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win to reach the Italian Open final. In the women’s final, …


Rafael Nadal wins 11th Barcelona title, secures No. 1 ranking

Rafael Nadal extended his dominance on clay with a 6-2, 6-1 win over 19-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday to win his 11th Barcelona Open title.


Rafael Nadal beats Kei Nishikori to win Monte Carlo Masters

Rafael Nadal won a record 31st Masters title after beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 in the Monte Carlo Masters final on Sunday.


Rafael Nadal doesn’t see himself skipping tournaments like Roger Federer

For now, Rafael Nadal doesn’t see himself skipping Wimbledon the way Roger Federer has the French Open. The veterans are back at the top of world tennis, with Nadal needing …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 6:26 p.m.

Worth the wait: Roger Federer will be world No. 1 at 36

Roger Federer has added another highlight to his age-defying career resurgence by returning to the top of the world rankings after more than five years and becoming the oldest No. …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 14, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

Federer deflects attention to Nadal, Djokovic in Australia

Roger Federer prefers to think of Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic as the favorites for the Australian Open title, despite entering as defending champion and coming off a worry-free preparation.


Rusty Rafael Nadal struggles in loss to Gasquet in exhibition match

Rafael Nadal struggled with his timing and normally potent shot-making as he started his delayed preparations for the Australian Open with an error-filled 6-4, 7-5 loss to Richard Gasquet in …


Rafael Nadal withdraws from Brisbane International

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Brisbane International due to his “late start of preparation” for the new season. Brisbane International tournament director Cameron Pearson said that he had …


Nadal withdraws from ATP Finals after loss to Goffin

Rafael Nadal will have to wait another year to win the ATP Finals. The world No. 1 has withdrawn from the elite, season-ending tournament after losing his opening match to …


Hyeon Chung wins in Paris Masters 1st round; next plays Rafael Nadal

Hyeon Chung of South Korea swept aside Mischa Zverev 6-0, 6-2 at the Paris Masters on Monday to set up a second-round match against Rafael Nadal.


Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to win Shanghai Masters title

Roger Federer extended his winning streak over Rafael Nadal this year to four matches after beating the top-ranked Spaniard 6-4, 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.


Simona Halep earns No. 1 ranking; Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios reach China Open final

Simona Halep will take over the top ranking after reaching the China Open final on Saturday, and Rafael Nadal will play Nick Kyrgios for the men’s title.


Garbine Muguruza joins U.S. Open champion Nadal at No. 1 for Spain

Garbine Muguruza made her debut at No. 1 on Monday, joining U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal in making Spain the first country since the United States 14 years ago to …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 10:54 p.m.

Sweet 16: After 2 rough years, Nadal back on top at U.S. Open

Rafael Nadal entered the 2017 Grand Slam season on a 2


US Open: Rafael Nadal, Kevin Anderson seems a mismatch, but upsets happen

U.S. Open finalists Rafael Nadal and Kevin Anderson are both professional tennis players who were born in 1986. Not much else in common.


Rafael Nadal overwhelms Juan Martin del Potro; faces Kevin Anderson in US Open final

Rafael Nadal went into his U.S. Open semifinal against Juan Martin del Potro with a relatively simple game plan: Stay away from the big guy’s flat, fearsome forehand and instead …


Gilles Muller upsets Rafael Nadal in marathon match

First, Rafael Nadal erased a two-set deficit. Then, he erased four match points. Nadal could not, however, erase the fifth.


Rafael Nadal crushes Stan Wawrinka to win historic 10th French Open title

King of clay Rafael Nadal hammered Stan Wawrinka, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, to earn an unprecedented 10th title at the French Open on Sunday.


Rafael Nadal’s no good with numbers? He seeks No. 10 at French Open

Rafael Nadal can win a record 10th French Open title if he beats 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka in the final. Nadal is 9-0 in finals at Roland Garros. Wawrinka is …


Rafael Nadal just 1 step away from ‘La Decima’ in Paris

According to his longtime coach, Rafael Nadal did not play very well in his French Open semifinal. Yet the nine-time Roland Garros champion dispatched up-and-coming Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 …


Rafael Nadal through to quarterfinals at French Open

Rafael Nadal eased into his record-equaling 11th quarterfinal at the French Open by swatting aside Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday. The nine-time champion matched Roger Federer’s Open …