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WTA chief backs Federer's ATP merger suggestion

May 06, 2020 - 2:25 PM

A unified tennis circuit 'may not take as long' following calls led by superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

epa08150504 Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning his second round match against Filip Krajinovic of Serbia on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, 22 January 2020. EPA-EFE/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Nadal: 'I see 2020 as practically lost' for tennis

May 05, 2020 - 9:34 PM

'I'm more looking to the Australian Open than what happens later this year. I see 2020 as practically lost,' says Nadal

OUT WITH 2020. Rafael Nadal looks forward to the 2021 season instead as the coronavirus pandemic halts the world of sports. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Kyrgios tells bitter rival Nadal: 'Let's do Insta'

May 04, 2020 - 2:20 PM

Nick Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal have endured a bitter relationship on the court, but the Australian seems ready to bury the hatchet with the Spaniard

RIVALS. Rafael Nadal (right) and Nick Kyrgios have faced in intense battles. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP


'Live' and slightly dangerous, stars on their sofas compete for fans

Apr 27, 2020 - 9:26 PM

Sports stars Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema entertain their fans amid the coronavirus pandemic by going live on social media

CONNECT. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have granted their fans access to their lives through Instagram Live. File photos by Josh Albelda/Rappler (Nadal) and by Tony Ashby/AFP (Federer)


Nadal 'very pessimistic' about return of tennis

Apr 27, 2020 - 2:03 PM

Rafael Nadal says that while tournaments can take place without an audience, it cannot be ignored that a lot of people are still involved in organizing events

GOT YOUR BACK. Rafael Nadal is working with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to create a fund to help low-ranked players who are suffering financially. File photo from Twitter/@ATP_Tour


Nadal frustrated by tennis lockdown, Federer happy with surgery recovery

Apr 21, 2020 - 1:27 PM

Rafael Nadal chats with fellow tennis superstar Roger Federer on Instagram Live

MISSING TENNIS. Friends and rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer check on each other amid the global health crisis. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Fifteen years on, how maiden Monte Carlo win sparked Nadal breakthrough

Apr 20, 2020 - 7:09 PM

Ruling the Monte Carlo Masters in 2005 set the stage for Rafael Nadal to become one of tennis' greatest players

CONSISTENTLY DOMINANT. Rafael Nadal has not dropped out of the world top 10 since his Monte Carlo win in 2005. File photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen


Djokovic says tennis 'big three' plan to help lowest-ranked players

Apr 19, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Novak Djokovic proposes to give aid to players who are struggling financially due to the cancelation of games

BIG THREE. (from left to right) Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer organize a plan to help lower-ranked players. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Nadal expecting lengthy wait before tennis returns

Apr 16, 2020 - 6:56 PM

'I am ready but I think we have to wait a few months,' says world No. 2 Rafael Nadal

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot during his Men's Singles semi-final match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on day twelve of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 06, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Nadal, Gasol launch fundraiser to pay back debt to COVID-hit Spain

Mar 27, 2020 - 5:26 PM

'Spanish athletes have always tried to make our nation proud, today we want to go beyond that,' says Pau Gasol as he joins Rafael Nadal for a fundraising drive

Nadal cruises past Fritz to win Acapulco title

Mar 01, 2020 - 4:21 PM

A month after his quarterfinal exit in the Australian Open, world No. 2 Rafael Nadal bags his first 2020 crown

PERFECT. Rafael Nadal didn't drop a set in the tournament. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Nadal back in action in Acapulco with no hard feelings for Kyrgios

Feb 25, 2020 - 3:16 PM

'I have never had a feeling of revenge, no feeling of revenge helps you win games, but the opposite,' says Nadal

NO HARD FEELINGS. Rafael Nadal moves on from last year's 2nd round knock out against Nick Kyrgios. Photo by William West/AFP

Federer, Nadal play to record crowd in Cape Town

Feb 08, 2020 - 1:21 PM

More than 50,000 fans watch Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal play in an exhibition match that raised $3.5 million for a foundation

ALL SMILES. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal take a break from competitive tennis for a good cause. Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA-EFE


Thiem stuns Nadal in 'epic' to set up semifinal with Zverev

Jan 30, 2020 - 12:14 AM

Beaten by Rafael Nadal in the last two French Open finals, Dominic Thiem gets his sweet revenge as he advances to the Australian Open semifinals

BREAKTHROUGH. Dominic Thiem finally beats Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament after 5 tries. Photo from Instagram/@AustralianOpen


Nadal wary of Thiem threat, Wawrinka revives past glories

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:19 PM

Rafael Nadal has beaten Dominic Thiem in all the 5 times they faced in Grand Slams, but he remains on his toes as he looks to reach the Australian Open semis

PICKING UP STEAM. Rafael Nadal says he is playing better as the Australian Open progresses. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen


Nadal weathers Kyrgios storm to make Australian Open quarters

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:44 PM

Rafael Nadal keeps his bid for a 20th Grand Slam title alive by beating Nick Kyrgios

Kyrgios plays down Nadal feud: 'I don't really dislike him'

Jan 26, 2020 - 11:43 AM

'At the end of the day, we're two different tennis players,' Nick Kyrgios says of his running feud with world No.1 Rafael Nadal

RIFT. Australia's Nick Kyrgios (left) says he has 'respect' for Rafael Nadal despite their personal differences. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Kyrgios sets up Nadal showdown after Australian Open escape

Jan 25, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Nick Kyrgios will face Rafael Nadal, whom he called 'super salty' last year, in a mouthwatering clash in the fourth round

TALL ORDER. Nick Kyrgios will face his toughest challenge in the Australian Open against top seed Rafael Nadal. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen


Ruthless Nadal crushes compatriot to reach Australian Open 4th round

Jan 25, 2020 - 3:04 PM

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal revs up his bid for a 20th Grand Slam title as he joins rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the fourth round

IMPROVING. Rafael Nadal says his drubbing of Pablo Carreno Busta is his "best match" of the Australian Open so far. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen


Nadal shows caring side with kiss for blushing ballgirl

Jan 24, 2020 - 9:26 AM

Rafael Nadal hits a ballgirl on the head with a fearsome shot, but the world No. 1 rushes over and gives her a kiss for good measure

BIG SHOT. World No. 1 Rafael Nadal wins more fans over. Photo by William West/ AFP

Nadal aims to keep heat on Federer Slams record

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:41 AM

Rafael Nadal steps up his Australian Open bid to tie Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slams

HIGH STAKES. Rafael Nadal may be favored to advance, but he's not immune to Grand Slam shocks. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Nadal demolishes Australian Open debutant in Slam opener

Jan 21, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Rafael Nadal seeks to become the 1st man in the Open era to win all 4 Majors at least twice

BLITSERING START. Rafael Nadal makes a statement in his Slam campaign opener. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Nadal bares tips after defying injury to reach third decade on top

Jan 18, 2020 - 5:34 PM

Despite a steady stream of injury setbacks, Rafael Nadal has returned time and again to become the only player to top the rankings in 3 different decades

GOING STRONG. Rafael Nadal looks to win his 20th Grand Slam in the Australia Open. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen


Djokovic closes gap on world No. 1 Nadal in new rankings

Jan 13, 2020 - 10:32 PM

Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal in the final of the ATP Cup to close the gap between the world's top two players

CHAMP. Novak Djokovic goes unbeaten in 8 matches to lead Serbia to an ATP Cup title. File photo by Don Emmert/AFP


Emotional Djokovic beats Nadal, steers Serbia to ATP Cup title

Jan 12, 2020 - 11:07 PM

Novak Djokovic fires an Australian Open warning after leading Serbia past Rafael Nadal and Spain in the final

Novak Djokovic  Photo by William West/AFP

Nadal's Spain to meet Djokovic's Serbia in ATP Cup final

Jan 11, 2020 - 10:38 PM

The world's top players Nadal and Djokovic will collide for the 55th time since their first showdown in 2006

FACE OFF. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are set to meet in the ATP Cup Final. File photo  by David Gray/AFP

World No. 1 Nadal upset by Goffin at ATP Cup

Jan 10, 2020 - 8:31 PM

'I had to hold my nerve for a long time, which wasn't easy,' says Belgian David Goffin after dealing Rafael Nadal a rare defeat

SHOCKER. Rafael Nadal (left) congratulates David Goffin after the Belgian won their men's singles match at the ATP Cup Photo by William West/AFP

Nadal insists Federer Grand Slam record not on his mind

Jan 08, 2020 - 8:24 PM

Rafael Nadal won the French and US Open titles last year to move within one of Roger Federer's record Grand Slam haul

LASER-FOCUSED. Rafael Nadal says his only focus is playing good tennis. Photo by Tony Ashby/AFP


Nadal praises young Norwegian slammed as 'boring' by Kyrgios

Jan 07, 2020 - 2:08 PM

'I saw Ruud playing good in the off-season, practicing every single day in Mallorca and he was practicing strong and very well,' says Rafael Nadal on Casper Ruud

GIANT KILLER. Norwegian Casper Ruud defeats John Isner and Fabio Fognini to make his mark at the international teams tournament in Australia. Photo from Instagram (@casperruud)

Nadal flawless as Djokovic braves brutal conditions in ATP Cup

Jan 06, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Rafael Nadal makes quick work of Pablo Cuevas, while Novak Djokovic endures sapping heat and humidity against Gael Monfils

INCHING CLOSER. Rafael Nadal and Spain move closer to the quarterfinals of the ATP Cup. Photo by Tony Ashby/AFP


'Big Three' hold top spots in ATP rankings

Jan 06, 2020 - 9:33 PM

Tennis royalty Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer remain at the top of the world rankings

BIG THREE. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have shared the last 12 Grand Slams among them. Photos by Glenn Kirk/AFP (Federer and Nadal), Ben Stansall/AFP (Djokovic)


'Not easy': Nadal gets 2020 season underway with a win

Jan 05, 2020 - 12:21 AM

'It was a tough first matchup of the season,' says Rafael Nadal as the world No. 1 kicks off the year where he plans to equal Roger Federer’s Grand Slam record

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia during their men's singles match on day two of the ATP Cup tennis tournament in Perth on January 4, 2020. (Photo by TONY ASHBY / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

Djokovic, Nadal lead calls for ATP Cup, Davis Cup to merge

Jan 02, 2020 - 8:01 PM

Tennis superstars think it's 'confusing to have two World Cups' in one month

TOO TIGHT. Rafael Nadal (left) and Novak Djokovic say the proximity of events make it hard for players to commit. Photo by David Gray/AFP

Thiem confident 'Big Three' will be toppled at Slams

Jan 02, 2020 - 4:56 PM

'I think we challenged them already a lot,' says world No. 4 Dominic Thiem as the young guns try to upset the Big Three of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer

CHALLENGER. Rafael Nadal (right) hugs Dominic Thiem after beating the 26-year-old Austrian in the 2019 French Open final. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

New tennis era kicks off with ATP Cup

Jan 01, 2020 - 1:49 PM

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic look for a winning start to their 2020 season in the new ATP Cup

TOP TWO. Rafae Nadal and Novak Djokovic see action in a team event before plunging into the season's first Grand Slam. Photo by Nic Bothma/AFP

Nadal aims to carry momentum into 2020 after short break

Dec 21, 2019 - 1:15 PM

'I was a little bit surprised the way that I played. I have been playing well at the end of the season,' says Rafael Nadal

FINE FORM. Rafael Nadal aims to end 2019 on a high note following a successful Davis Cup campaign. Photo from Twitter/@DavisCup

Federer, Zverev play in front of over 42,000 in Mexico City

Nov 25, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Roger Federer proves to be a massive crowd-puller despite missing the Davis Cup in Spain

RAKE IT IN. Roger Federer is set to earn $10 million in his five-stop Latin American tour. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP


Nadal powers Spain into Davis Cup semis, Djokovic's Serbia ousted

Nov 23, 2019 - 11:26 AM

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal catapults Spain into the 2019 Davis Cup semifinals

STREAKING. Rafael Nadal wins back-to-back matches to help Spain edge out Argentina in the 2019 Davis Cup Finals. Photo from Davis Cup Finals Twitter

Nadal ends 2019 as No. 1 for 5th time

Nov 18, 2019 - 8:34 PM

Rafael Nadal draws level with rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who have also finished the year in the top spot 5 times

CLOSE TO HISTORY. Rafael Nadal moves one behind six-time end-of-year No. 1 Pete Sampras. Photo from Twitter/@ATPTour


Nadal eager to play Davis Cup, says Spain captain

Nov 18, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Rafael Nadal was a fitness doubt for the ATP Finals, but managed to produce rousing comeback wins to secure the year-end world No. 1 ranking

FOR THE COUNTRY. Rafael Nadal wants to represent Team Spain. File photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP


Nadal bows out on top of the world

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Rafael Nadal nabs the yearend No. 1 ranking for a fifth time to pull level with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

PHENOMENAL. Rafael Nadal overtakes Novak Djokovic in the final stretch to top the rankings. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Nadal loses ATP Finals opener to Zverev as Tsitsipas triumphs

Nov 12, 2019 - 1:53 PM

'The only excuse is I was not good enough tonight,' says Nadal who gets booted out of the ATP Finals opener

NO EXCUSES. Rafael Nadal admits that he did not play his best against his conqueror Alexander Zverev. Photo from ATP Tour Twitter

Nadal racing to be fit for ATP Finals with No.1 up for grabs

Nov 09, 2019 - 12:12 PM

'For me the main goal is to be healthy for Monday more than to have a huge amount of services,' says Nadal

RACE TO NO.1. Rafael Nadal hopes he will be fit enough to end the year at the top of the standings. Photo from Twitter/@atptour

Nadal's late-season injury jinx strikes again

Nov 04, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Rafael Nadal pulls out of the Paris Masters with an abdominal muscle strain, which has also put in doubt his participation in the ATP Tour Finals and the Davis Cup

RECOVERY MODE. Rafael Nadal is set to leapfrog Novak Djokovic for the No. 1 spot in the world rankings, but could lose the distinction if he fails to work his way back to health. File photo Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP


'Super sad' Nadal out of Paris Masters, doubt for ATP Finals

Nov 03, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Rafael Nadal could have secured the year-end world No. 1 ranking ahead of Novak Djokovic by winning the Paris Masters

RECOVERY. Rafael Nadal now faces a race to be fit in time for the ATP Finals. Photo from Twitter/@atptour


Djokovic enjoys 'fun' Nadal practice session ahead of No. 1 battle

Oct 29, 2019 - 3:33 PM

'It was a lot of fun. It was very intense and competitive, as you can imagine, obviously, but in a very respectful way,' says Djokovic

BATTLE FOR NO.1. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal practice together ahead of the Paris Masters. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

'Being No. 1 again would be special,' says Nadal

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:04 PM

If Rafael Nadal finishes at No. 1, it would be the fifth time he has ended the year on top of the world rankings

LURKING. Rafael Nadal trails Novak Djokovic for the top spot in the ATP world rankings. File photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP


Nadal marries partner of 14 years in Mallorca

Oct 20, 2019 - 3:36 PM

Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal ties the knot with longtime girlfriend Xisca Perello

ON TOP. Rafael Nadal wins two Grand Slams this season. Photo by Peter Parks/ AFP

Djokovic in Brisbane, Nadal in Perth as ATP Cup draw made

Sep 16, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The ATP Cup, the lead-up to the next Australian Open, will feature 24 nations split into 6 groups

TENNIS GREATS. Novak Djokovic will lead Serbia while Rafael Nadal will spearhead Spain. File photo by Nic Bothman/AFP


Nadal survives Medvedev scare to bag U.S. Open crown

Sep 09, 2019 - 9:16 AM

Rafael Nadal outlasts Russian Daniil Medvedev in a grueling five-setter to capture his 19th Grand Slam singles title

Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP