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Madrid Open loss a step backward ahead of French Open: Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal’s good run preparing for the French Open has suddenly hit a speed bump. Nadal’s quarterfinal loss to Alexander Zverev at the Madrid Open on Friday came as an unexpected setback in a week in which the king of clay said he was feeling good about his game. “Negative feelings because this was an […]

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Rafael Nadal reaches Madrid Open quarters, Ash Barty into final

Rafael Nadal got through another young opponent and showed signs he was getting closer to his best form on clay as he defeated Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 6-3 to make it to the Madrid Open quarterfinals on Thursday. Nadal overcame eight aces and saved five break points against the Australian. The five-time Madrid champion cruised past […]

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Madrid Open: Rafael Nadal cruises past Spanish teenage sensation

In a much-anticipated battle of generations, Rafael Nadal showed he is still clearly the man to beat in Spanish tennis, cruising to a 6-1, 6-2 win over teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz in the second round of the Madrid Open on Wednesday. Nadal, seeking his sixth title in Madrid and looking to regain top form ahead […]

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Rafael Nadal to face promising Spanish teenager at Madrid Open

It wasn’t too long ago that Rafael Nadal was handing Carlos Alcaraz a PlayStation as the boy’s prize at a local tennis tournament in Spain. Now the Spanish great is about to play against the promising youngster in the second round of the Madrid Open. The 17-year-old Alcaraz defeated Adrian Mannarino 6-4 6-0 on Monday […]

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Nadal outlasts Tsitsipas to win Barcelona Open for 12th time

Knowing he is still far from his best, Rafael Nadal just kept grinding it out. He found a way Sunday to overcome lost opportunities in the Barcelona Open final and escape defeat while facing a red-hot opponent. Nadal won his first title of the year, squandering a couple of match points and then saving one […]

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Rafa Nadal beats Cameron Norrie in 2 sets to move into Barcelona semis

Rafael Nadal brushed aside Cameron Norrie 6-1, 6-4 to ease into the semifinals of the Barcelona Open on Friday and moved closer to a record-extending 12th title at the event. 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 […]

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Rafael Nadal beats Nishikori in 3 sets at Barcelona Open

Rafael Nadal beat Kei Nishikori 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open. The 11-time tournament champion looked ready to roll to a quick victory after dominating the first set, but Nishikori responded with some fine net play to level it at 1-1. Nadal broke Nishikori twice in the decisive […]

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Rafael Nadal advances, Fognini defaulted at Barcelona Open

Rafael Nadal needed three sets to beat his 111th-ranked opponent in his first match at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday, while Fabio Fognini was disqualified for alleged verbal abuse. Fognini was defaulted while trailing 6-0, 4-4 against qualifier Bernabe Zapata Miralles of Spain, after a line judge told the chair umpire that the ninth-seeded Italian […]