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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

Nadal advances to U.S. Open final against Medvedev

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:52 AM

'It means a lot to be back,' says world No. 2 Rafael Nadal as he battles first-time Grand Slam finalist Daniil Medvedev for the men's singles crown

BACK AT IT. Rafael Nadal looks to chase more records in the final round. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Favorite Nadal into U.S. Open semis as Berrettini wins thriller

Sep 05, 2019 - 2:11 PM

As the only former major champion left in the men's field, Rafael Nadal emerges as the frontrunner following the elimination of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Nadal swats Cilic aside in U.S. Open last 16

Sep 03, 2019 - 11:17 AM

Rafael Nadal reigns in a clash of former US Open champions to advance to the quarterfinals

CRUISING. Rafael Nadal books his 40th Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

Nadal gets added U.S. Open boost with walkover as Halep falls

Aug 30, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Rafael Nadal advances with no effort as American world No. 116 Taylor Townsend stuns Wimbledon champion Simona Halep

NO SWEAT. Rafael Nadal gets an extra day off as second-round foe Thanasi Kokkinakis pulls out. Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

Nadal rampant at U.S. Open as Thiem, Tsitsipas lead exodus

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Rafael Nadal kicks off his US Open 2019 campaign with a clinical victory as 4 players in the world's top 10 drop out in the first round

EASY START. Rafael Nadal makes quick work of Australian John Millman. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

Federer falls into Djokovic's half of U.S. Open draw

Aug 23, 2019 - 10:10 AM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic may face Roger Federer in the semifinal and Rafael Nadal in the title match of the 2019 US Open

FACE-OFF. After a blockbuster Wimbledon title showdown last month, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer may face in the US Open Final Four. Photos by Ben Standall and Glyn Kirk/AFP

Kyrgios resurrects Nadal feud in Cincinnati video defense

Aug 17, 2019 - 11:23 AM

In a video posted on Instagram, the volatile Nick Kyrgios points out that he's a victim of double standards in tennis

MERCURIAL. Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios dives into another controversy. File photo from ATP Tour

Nadal stays at No. 2 as Djokovic rules world rankings

Aug 12, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Rafael Nadal trails Novak Djokovic by more than 4,000 points even after claiming his 35th Masters title

IN-FORM. Rafael Nadal heads into the US Open off an impressive campaign in the Rogers Cup. Photo from Twitter/@ATP_Tour


Montreal winner Nadal withdraws from Cincinnati

Aug 12, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Rafael Nadal will head into the US Open with just one hard court warm-up

REST FIRST. Rafael Nadal decides against playing any more before the US Open. Photo from Twitter/@ATP_Tour


Nadal dominates Medvedev in Montreal for 35th Masters title

Aug 12, 2019 - 12:30 PM

Rafael Nadal extends his record haul of Masters 1000 titles, two ahead of Novak Djokovic

NEW FEAT. Rafael Nadal successfully defends a hard court title for the first time in his career. Photo from Twitter/@ATP_Tour


Nadal, Federer make joint decision to re-enter ATP politics

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:03 PM

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have been on the opposite side of ATP Council president and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic on various controversial issues

Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Nadal 'ready to play' despite absences of Djokovic, Federer

Aug 05, 2019 - 6:18 PM

Rafael Nadal will be seeking to retain his title in the Montreal Masters as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer put a return to action on hold

ELITE THREE. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are all gearing up for the US Open – the final Grand Slam event of the season. Photos courtesy of Glenn Kirk/AFP (Federer and Nadal), Ben Stansall/AFP (Djokovic)


Social animal Nadal longs for pre-online days

Aug 05, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Beginning his world-beating career in the early 2000s, Rafael Nadal says there was more contact among players before than there is today

HUMAN CONNECTION. Rafael Nadal says he knows how to enjoy the 'real' life. Photo from Twitter/@Wimbledon


Eager Nadal leads ATP Montreal field

Aug 04, 2019 - 5:30 PM

As Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic take a break from action, Rafael Nadal returns to court to be 'well prepared and ready' for the US Open

Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after a point against Australia's Matthew Ebden during their men's singles match on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2019. (Photo by Peter PARKS / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

Sad Nadal sees chances of third Wimbledon title slipping

Jul 13, 2019 - 12:56 PM

'I am sad for the loss because for me it was another opportunity,' Rafael Nadal admits after losing to great rival Roger Federer

Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Federer downs Nadal to set up Djokovic duel for Wimbledon title

Jul 13, 2019 - 3:36 AM

'I'm exhausted, it was tough at the end,' says Roger Federer after winning the blockbuster semifinal match against rival Rafael Nadal

ONE MORE. Roger Federer gets past long-time adversary Rafael Nadal but needs to dispose world No. 1 Novak Djokovic next to secure a 21st major title. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Federer, Nadal brace for Wimbledon epic

Jul 12, 2019 - 11:12 AM

'Rafa really can hurt anybody on any surface,' Roger Federer says of long-time rival Rafael Nadal

(COMBO) This combination of file pictures created on July 11, 2019 shows Spain's Rafael Nadal (L) and Switzerland's Roger Federer returning the ball during the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, on July 4, 2019. - Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meet for the fourth time at Wimbledon on July 12, 2019 in the semi-finals, 11 years after their last clash at the All England Club. (Photos by Adrian DENNIS and GLYN KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Federer racks up 100th Wimbledon match, Nadal next

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:51 AM

Long-time rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal arrange a blockbuster Wimbledon semifinal showdown

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates winning a point against Japan's Kei Nishikori during their men's singles quarter-final match on day nine of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 10, 2019. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Federer eyes 100th Wimbledon win and Nadal showdown

Jul 10, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Another record is in sight for Roger Federer, and so is a potential 40th career match-up with long-time rival Rafael Nadal

ALL GOOD. A confident Roger Federer looks to get past Kei Nishikori to secure a Final Four slot. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Nadal leads charge of old brigade into Wimbledon quarterfinals

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:37 PM

With Rafael Nadal advancing, the evergreen 30-somethings of male tennis stars threaten to take a stranglehold in Wimbledon

STILL AT IT. Rafael Nadal will play in his 39th Grand Slam quarterfinal. Photo from Twitter/@Wimbledon


Federer, Nadal, Djokovic share Wimbledon 'Manic Monday' with Gauff

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:27 PM

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal all play their last 16 ties, while Coco Gauff looks to advance against a former world No. 1

STAR-STUDDED DAY. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Coco Gauff will see action on the same day in Wimbledon. Photos courtesy of Glenn Kirk/AFP (Federer and Nadal), Ben Stansall (Djokovic), and Twitter/@Wimbledon (Gauff)


Kyrgios admits: I deliberately hit Nadal with ball

Jul 05, 2019 - 8:58 AM

Rafael Nadal downs Nick Kyrgios in a stormy and bad-tempered Wimbledon second-round encounter

TEMPERAMENTAL. Australian Nick Kyrgios admits he’s 'not the most professional guy.' Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Federer overcomes scare, Nadal sets up grudge match with Kyrgios

Jul 03, 2019 - 9:07 AM

Roger Federer admits he struggled against South African debutant Lloyd Harris

BOUNCING BACK. Roger Federer rallies back to dominate South African debutant Lloyd Harris. Photo from Wimbledon Instagram

Djokovic, Federer, Nadal primed to tighten Wimbledon grip

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:10 PM

As the All England Club action unfolds, it looks like there's still no dethroning the world's A-list tennis stars

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Novak Djokovic of Serbia; Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on August 23, 2013 in New York City. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Nadal calls Wimbledon seedings 'unfair'

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Rafael Nadal argues that the ATP should have more say over the Wimbledon seedings

'UNFAIR'. Rafael Nadal calls out Wimbledon for seeding him at No.3 when he's current the World No. 2.  File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Nadal, Djokovic have made me the player I am, says Federer

Jun 30, 2019 - 1:48 AM

'It shows that side-by-side we can have incredible careers,' Roger Federer on his rivalry with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

RECORD-CHASER. Pushing 38, Roger Federer looks to become the oldest player to win a Grand Slam. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Who are you? Guide to Wimbledon stars' first-round rivals

Jun 29, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Here are some players hoping to pull off major upsets in early action at the All England Club

HEAVY FAVORITE. World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic is tipped to cruise the early rounds. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Relieved Nadal drawn to meet Federer in Wimbledon semis

Jun 29, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Winding up on the same side of the draw, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer may face in another blockbuster last 4 showdown

Photo by Peter Parks /AFP

Federer seeded ahead of Nadal for Wimbledon

Jun 26, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Rafael Nadal, a rung ahead of Roger Federer in the world rankings, thinks that Wimbledon's unique seeding formula is disrespectful

Spain's Rafael Nadal (R) hugs Switzerland's Roger Federer (L) after winning their men's singles semi-final match on day 13 of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 7, 2019. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)

'Not easy to dominate' – Federer feels for younger generation

Jun 24, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Roger Federer insists that the success of younger players such as Stefanos Tsitsipas, Borna Coric, and Karen Khachanov should not be overlooked

SWISS LEGEND. Roger Federer captures his 102nd career singles title. Photo from ATP Tour's Twitter account (@ATP_Tour)


Djokovic tops ATP rankings ahead of Nadal, Federer

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The top 3 remains unchanged despite Rafael Nadal claiming the French Open title recently

STILL NO. 1. Novak Djokovic retains his top spot in the world rankings. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)


French Open winner Nadal still lagging Djokovic in rankings

Jun 10, 2019 - 7:54 PM

Nadal trails Djokovic by more than 4,000 points in the latest ATP rankings

CLAY KING. Rafael Nadal reasserts his status as king of clay with a 12th French Open title. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)


I was almost down and out before French Open triumph, says Nadal

Jun 10, 2019 - 12:14 PM

The Spaniard captures a record-extending 12th French Open title and seizes his 18th Grand Slam crown

STILL HUMAN. Rafael Nadal says that his troubled season leading up to the French Open had left him facing new fears about his ability to defend his title. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)


Nadal tells Thiem: 'You'll win it one day'

Jun 10, 2019 - 1:57 AM

For the second straight time, Thiem falls prey to Nadal in the French Open final

I'LL BE BACK. Dominic Thiem (right) says he will try again after getting beaten by Rafael Nadal for the French Open crown. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)


History man Nadal cruises to 12th French Open title

Jun 10, 2019 - 1:02 AM

Capturing his 18th Grand Slam crown, the Spanish great is now just two behind the all-time record of 20 majors set by old rival Roger Federer

LEGEND. Since 2005, there were only 3 times Rafael Nadal did not win the French Open title. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)


'Incredible' dream: Nadal faces Thiem for 12th French Open title

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:50 AM

Written off numerous times in his career, the Spanish great continues to showcase his mastery as he guns for a record-extending Roland Garros crown

REMATCH. Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem clash again in the French Open final. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)


Thiem ends Djokovic history bid, faces Nadal for French Open title

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:13 AM

Austrian Dominic Thiem upsets world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to set up a final showdown against defending champion Rafael Nadal

GRUELING. Austria's Dominic Thiem (right) and Serbia's Novak Djokovic shake hands at the end of their grueling semifinal match played over two days. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Federer won't rule out 2020 Roland Garros return

Jun 08, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Despite suffering his worst Grand Slam loss in 11 years, Roger Federer says he might just come back for another clay court season

TOUGH RIVAL. Roger Federer admits there's no one who plays like Rafael Nadal on clay. Photo by William West/AFP

Nadal hands Federer worst Slam loss in 11 years to reach French Open final

Jun 07, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Delivering a masterful performance, Rafael Nadal easily disposes of long-time rival Roger Federer to reach his 12th final at Roland Garros

BLOCKBUSTER DUEL. Rafael Nadal (right) hugs fellow tennis great Roger Federer after winning their men's semifinal showdown. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Nadal braces for 'trouble' in Federer showdown

Jun 07, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Defending champion Rafael Nadal may be a heavy favorite but the Spanish star expects rejuvenated rival Roger Federer to 'play aggressive'

Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Federer dreaming of toppling Nadal: 'There's always a chance'

Jun 06, 2019 - 1:24 PM

Despite losing all 5 of his French Open meetings against Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer still holds hope that he can achieve another milestone

UNDERDOG. Roger Federer braces for another tough semifinal duel against Rafael Nadal. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Federer, Nadal clash in French Open semis blockbuster

Jun 05, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Rafael Nadal holds a phenomenal 91-2 record at Roland Garros, including a 5-0 stranglehold over Roger Federer

STAR-STUDDED SEMIS. Roger Federer (left) may have 3 more Grand Slam singles titles over Rafael Nadal, but the Spanish clay specialist remains favored to advance. File photos by Glyn Kirk (Federer) and Oli Scarff (Nadal)

Nadal, Federer one match away from dream Roland-Garros duel

Jun 04, 2019 - 1:41 PM

Nadal faces Nishikori while Federer battles Swiss compatriot Wawrinka in the 2019 Roland-Garros quarterfinals

DREAM DUEL. Roger Federer (left) and Rafael Nadal are the favorites to advance to the 2019 French Open semis. File photos by Glyn Kirk (Federer) and Oli Scarff (Nadal)

Nadal racks up 90th French Open win after 'impossible' Paris career

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:16 AM

The 11-time champion barges into the Roland Garros quarterfinals for the 13th time

LIKE FINE WINE. Turning 33, Rafael Nadal defies the belief that he would end his career earlier. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)


Nadal into last 16 on 10th anniversary of Soderling shock

Jun 01, 2019 - 11:15 AM

Reigning champion Rafael Nadal advances to the French Open round of 16, exactly 10 years since his shock 2009 exit to Robin Soderling

INCREDIBLE. Clay specialist Rafael Nadal disposes of David Goffin to prop up his phenomenal Roland Garros win-loss record to 89-2. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Nadal powers on in Paris, Tsitsipas battles through

May 30, 2019 - 12:06 AM

Rafael Nadal dispatches German qualifier Yannick Maden to up his Roland Garros win-loss record to an incredible 88-2

CRUISING. Everything continues to go as planned for Rafael Nadal as the clay king advances to the last 32. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Nadal opens French Open title defense with easy victory

May 27, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The Spanish great dominates Yannick Hanfmann to start his bid for a record-extending 12th title

MORE TITLES. Rafael Nadal seeks for his 18th Grand Slam crown. File photo Christophe Simon/AFP


Nadal, Federer on French Open collision course

May 24, 2019 - 2:51 PM

Rafael Nadal chases a 12th title in Paris as Roger Federer returns to the tournament for the first time since 2015

RIVALS. Roger Federer bids to become the oldest Grand Slam title winner as Rafael Nadal vies to sustain his dominance on clay. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP