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Novak Djokovic beats 9-time French Open champ Rafael Nadal in quarters

PARIS – 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.


Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray reach QFs at Indian Wells

Roger Federer dominated Jack Sock in a 6-3, 6-2 victory to reach the quarterfinals at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California on Wednesday, with the four-time tournament champion …


Nadal swept in Aussie quarters

MELBOURNE, Australia – 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 …


Rafael Nadal through to Australian Open quarterfinals

MELBOURNE, Australia – Rafael Nadal stayed in contention for his second Australian Open title six years after his first with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 fourth-round win Saturday night over Kevin …


Rafael Nadal insists that he shouldn’t be favored in Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia – Asked to predict who will win this year’s Australian Open, Rafael Nadal takes a deep breath, shrugs his shoulders and insists it won’t be him. The 14-time …


Wimbledon: 2 years later, Rafael Nadal gets past Lukas Rosol

LONDON – Uncle Toni’s reaction said it all. This one meant a lot to him and to the tennis player he coaches, his No. 1-ranked nephew Rafael Nadal, who was …


In Brief: Nadal upset in second round of Weber Open

TENNIS: Rafael Nadal was knocked out in the second round of the grass-court Gerry Weber Open on Thursday, losing 6-4, 6-1 to German wild card Dustin Brown in Halle, Germany. …


Rafael Nadal wins fifth consecutive French Open

PARIS – Trying to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open is, without a doubt, the toughest task in tennis. Indeed, it must be among the greatest challenges in all …


Nadal wins, sets French Open records

No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal wore down No. 2 Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in a muggy final Sunday to win his ninth French Open championship and fifth in a …


Nadal, Djokovic set to meet in French Open men’s final

PARIS – This is what Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic wanted. It’s what they expected. And now they’ll meet in a French Open final with so much at stake for …


Murray, Nadal move to men’s semis at French Open

Briefly, and only briefly, Rafael Nadal was in a difficult spot in the French Open quarterfinals. For the first time in this year’s tournament, the eight-time champion dropped a set.


Nadal appears to be back in form

PARIS – Maybe, just maybe, Rafael Nadal was a tad vulnerable, the thinking went before this French Open. He had lost three times on his beloved red clay already this …


French Open notes: Rafael Nadal’s bad back offers off-court drama

PARIS – The closest thing to intrigue or drama involving Rafael Nadal on Saturday came after his 31st consecutive French Open victory concluded. That’s when the eight-time champion revealed that …


Serena Williams chases after Grand Slam title No. 18 at French Open

Serena Williams is 53-2 on clay over the past three seasons, and she heads into the French Open as the defending champion for the first time since 2003. The No. …


Djokovic routs Nadal for Sony title

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Novak Djokovic won his fourth Key Biscayne title, while Rafael Nadal failed again trying for his first. Djokovic dominated from the start and closed out the …


Wawrinka hadn’t won set off Nadal until Aussie Open win

MELBOURNE, Australia – Stan Wawrinka added a win over Rafael Nadal to his list of firsts in a stunning run to his first Grand Slam title, extending his rival’s injury-cursed …


Triumphant return

NEW YORK – Hard to believe this is the same Rafael Nadal who was home during the U.S. Open a year ago, nursing a bad left knee. Hard to believe …


Bolt shakes rain to reign again in 100M

Track and Field: His legs were hurting, the rain was pouring and he was trailing late in the race. Doesn’t matter. This is Usain Bolt.


Darcis shocks Nadal

LONDON – Rafael Nadal went down in the first round of a Grand Slam event for the first time in his career on Monday, as the Spaniard lost to Belgian …


Nadal reigns supreme, winning unprecedented 8th French Open

PARIS – If Rafael Nadal truly was going to be challenged, if his bid for an unprecedented eighth French Open championship would be slowed even a bit, this might have …


Nadal captures French Open for eighth time

Rafael Nadal’s rain-soaked 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 victory over David Ferrer was Nadal’s record 59th win in 60 matches at the French Open and made him the only man with eight …


Vying for 8th French Open title, Nadal gets Ferrer

PARIS – His words catching in his throat, Toni Nadal called it “really a miracle” that his nephew is back in the French Open tennis final. Seriously? Miraculous? More like …


Nadal takes five-setter from Djokovic

Tennis: His dramatic and delightful French Open semifinal was 41/2 hours old – and 14 games into the fifth set – when Rafael Nadal raced from the net to the …


Nadal, Serena secure Italian Open titles

Tennis: After all these years, Rafael Nadal still knows how to dominate Roger Federer. In the 30th meeting between the tennis greats, Nadal controlled the final from the start and …


Johnson races to fourth All-Star win

Auto Racing: Jimmie Johnson became the first four-time winner of NASCAR’s annual All-Star race Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Johnson got a fast final pit stop …


Williams routs Sharapova for Madrid Open title

MADRID – Serena Williams kept the No. 1, and added No. 50. Williams beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the Madrid Open on Sunday to retain her …


Heat extend winning streak to 22 games

NBA: The Miami Heat equaled the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, pulling away in the fourth quarter Sunday to beat the Raptors 108-91 in Toronto for their 22nd consecutive …


Heat beat Lakers for fifth straight win

NBA: LeBron James scored 32 points on 12-for-18 shooting in a record-setting show, Dwyane Wade scored 30 and the Miami Heat beat the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 107-97 on Sunday …


Nadal gives small event in Chile a big boost

VINA DEL MAR, Chile – They were giving the tickets away a year ago – and still had a difficult time attracting fans. It’s a different story this year at …


Rafael Nadal’s comeback delayed by stomach bug

Rafael Nadal’s return to competition has been delayed by a stomach virus. The Spaniard was scheduled to play in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on Thursday after missing seven …