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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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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 […]

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Andrey Rublev stuns 11-time champion Rafael Nadal at Monte Carlo Masters

Andrey Rublev produced an audacious display of attacking tennis to hand record 11-time champion Rafael Nadal a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 defeat on clay in the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals on Friday. The sixth-seeded Russian might have won even more convincingly, with Nadal saving break points at 3-1 down in the second set. Nadal clawed his […]

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No fans in stands: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic miss the ‘energy’

Empty stands has been the new normal for tennis since last year due to COVID-19 restrictions but top men’s players like Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic said they still find it difficult to maintain their intensity during matches in the absence of fans. The professional circuit was shut down for several months last year before […]