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'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

Nadal can't wait to return to new-look Roland Garros

May 20, 2019 - 5:18 PM

The 17-time Grand Slam winner is coming off a rousing Italian Open final win over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to clinch a record 34th Masters

CLAY KING. Novak Djokovic looks to stretch his French Open title tally to 12. File photo by Josep Lago

Djokovic to meet Nadal for 54th time with Italian Open title at stake

May 19, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The Serbian world No. 1 says 'it's the ultimate challenge' of playing the Spanish great

SETTLE THE SCORE. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are 2-2 in their previous 4 meetings. File Photo by Nic Bothma/AFP

Stomach bug hits Nadal's hunt for 6th Madrid title

May 06, 2019 - 10:51 PM

The 17-time Grand Slam winner is racing to make up for lost time after failing to win a clay title so far this spring

HOPING FOR BEST. Rafael Nadal is due to open play in the second round of the Madrid Open. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

'Worst clay match in 14 years': Nadal crashes in Monte Carlo shocker

Apr 21, 2019 - 1:57 PM

'Everything was wrong. I always expect the best. But you have to be ready to accept the negative things and today was a negative day,' says Nadal

WORST. 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal crashes out of the Monte Carlo Masters semis. File photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

‘Emotional’ Nadal inspired by Woods’ Masters triumph

Apr 16, 2019 - 12:17 PM

'He's probably my favorite sportsman in the world since a long time ago,' says Nadal about Woods

INSPIRED. Rafael Nadal is fueled to win his 12th Monte Carlo title. File photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Novak says all good with Roger, Rafa despite reported rift

Mar 21, 2019 - 3:35 PM

'We are rivals of course so it's hard to be friends,' says Novak Djokovic, who has been ripped by fellow superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal over tennis politics

NO FALLOUT. Novak Djokovic (left) says there’s no need to ‘create any tensions or divisions’ between him and fellow tennis superstars Rafael Nadal (center) and Roger Federer. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Nadal explains pullout before Federer clash

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:11 AM

Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem march into the Indian Wells final as Rafael Nadal hobbles out

LOOKING AHEAD. Sidelined by a recurring knee injury, Rafael Nadal says he plans to recover and prepare for the claycourt season. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Nadal takes positives out of Australian Open thrashing

Jan 28, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Still rediscovering his deadly form, the Spanish great vows there is more to come from him

ON TO THE NEXT. Rafael Nadal sets his sights on the French Open, where he has won a record 11 titles. File photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Dominant Djokovic wins magnificent 7th Australian Open

Jan 27, 2019 - 7:29 PM

(UPDATED) World No.1 Novak Djokovic puts on a show of flawless tennis to outclass Rafael Nadal

Photo from Australian Open Twitter

WATCH: Djokovic, Nadal set up Australian Open title showpiece

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:13 PM

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal prove to be unforgiving in their march to the 2019 Australian Open final

HISTORIC. Records are in sight in the Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal title duel. Photos from AFP

Dominant Djokovic demolishes Pouille to set up Nadal final

Jan 25, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Novak Djokovic arranges a blockbuster Australian Open championship duel against the similarly ruthless Rafael Nadal

QUICK WORK. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic celebrates after quickly bundling out regular practice partner Lucas Pouille in the semifinal. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Ruthless Nadal routs Tsitsipas to reach Australian Open final

Jan 24, 2019 - 7:02 PM

Rafael Nadal advances to the final to face either world No. 1 Novak Djokovic or Lucas Pouile

Spain's Rafael Nadal (right) embraces Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas as he celebrates his semifinal victory. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Awesome Nadal faces Tiafoe test as Tsitsipas eyes semifinal

Jan 21, 2019 - 6:18 PM

The Spanish great says he would be on his guard against the 21-year-old American, a man he had never played

CHASING HISTORY. Rafael Nadal looks to become the first player in the Open Era to win all 4 Grand Slams at least twice. File photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP

WATCH: Nadal barrels through Berdych to reach Australian Open quarters

Jan 20, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Rafael Nadal is through to the quarters without dropping a set in Australian Open 2019

RAMPANT. Rafael Nadal flashes his great form to barge into the quarterfinals. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Clinical Nadal overwhelms Aussie Ebden

Jan 16, 2019 - 9:52 PM

Rafael Nadal finishes off hometown bet Matthew Ebden in rapid fashion to advance to the 3rd round of the Australian Open

BACK AT IT. After pulling out in a warm-up event two weeks ago, Rafael Nadal shows no signs his injury woes. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Murray bows out of last Australian Open as Federer, Nadal fight on

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:26 PM

'Maybe I'll see you again,' says Andy Murray as his voice cracks with emotion

SWAN SONG? Britain's Andy Murray is not certain if he'll be able to come back for another Grand Slam. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Nadal blazes through to Australian Open 2nd round

Jan 14, 2019 - 1:21 PM

Nadal shows no signs of injury worries with a straight-set victory over James Duckworth

STRONG START. Spain's Rafael Nadal starts his 2019 campaign with a straight-set victory over Australian wildcard James Duckworth. Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP

Nadal says ‘no pain’ as Australian Open looms

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:13 AM

Rafael Nadal is 'feeling better' after withdrawing from Brisbane International

TITLE CONTENDER. Rafael Nadal still considers himself a contender for the 2019 Australian Open title. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Djokovic to injured Nadal: 'We need you'

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:51 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says Rafael Nadal must return from injury again as the sport needs a 'legend' like him

ALL-TIME GREATS. Novak Djokovic (right) believes Rafael Nadal can pull off another comeback. File photo by Nic Bothma/AFP

Thigh strain forces Nadal out of Brisbane tournament

Jan 02, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The world No. 2 withdraws to ensure he would be fit to play in the Australian Open

SIDELINED. Rafael Nadal is once again bitten by the injury bug. File photo by Oscar del Pozo

'Big Four' still Grand Slam stars to beat, insists Djokovic

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Since and including 2010, the Serbian star, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have won 32 Grand Slams between them

CRAVING FOR MORE. Novak Djokovic heads into the new season seeking to add to his 14 Grand Slam titles. File photo by Johannes Eiselle / AFP

Body first, ranking later says Nadal after ankle surgery

Jan 01, 2019 - 3:16 PM

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal says chasing the top seed is no longer a personal goal in the last two years

LONGEVITY. Rafael Nadal says he intends to focus on his health so he can play tennis as long as he can. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Rafael Nadal confident about fitness for Australian Open

Dec 27, 2018 - 9:47 PM

The Spanish superstar has not played since a knee problem forced him to retire during the US Open semifinals in September

BACK AT IT. Rafael Nadal is slowly regaining his old form following an ankle surgery in November. File photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Rafael Nadal confirms season finished due to injury

Nov 06, 2018 - 2:16 AM

The Spaniard describes his season as 'very good in terms of tennis when I was able to play and very bad in terms of injuries'

DOUBLE WHAMMY. After surrendering the No. 1 world ranking to Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal will miss the rest of the season due to an ankle injury. File photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

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Nov 01, 2018 - 2:38 PM

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Nadal pulls out of Paris, Djokovic takes world No. 1 spot

Nov 01, 2018 - 9:38 AM

Sidelined with injuries, Rafael Nadal relinquishes the top spot to Novak Djokovic

SWITCHING SPOTS. Serbia's Novak Djokovic (right) reclaims the top spot he held two years ago as Spain's Rafael Nadal drops out of the Paris Masters.  Photo by Nic Bothma/AFP

Rafael Nadal maintains lead as Russian breaks into ATP Top 20

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:22 PM

Russia's Karen Khachanov breaches into the Top 20 following his triumph in the Kremlin Cup

TIGHT GRIP. The top of the ATP rankings remain unchanged with Rafael Nadal keeping his hold of the No. 1 ranking. File photo by Oscar del Pozo/AFP

Djokovic wins Shanghai to close on world No.1 Nadal

Oct 14, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Novak Djokovic is within touching distance of Rafael Nadal's No. 1 ranking after ruling the Shanghai Masters

NEW NOVAK. After recovering from an injury, Novak Djokovic says he needed to ‘reinvent’ himself. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Rafael Nadal still untroubled atop ATP rankings

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:44 PM

The Spaniard has a comfortable lead over rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

UP BIG. Rafael Nadal is up 1360 points over the second-running Roger Federer. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Djokovic wins third U.S. Open, equals Sampras on 14 Grand Slams

Sep 10, 2018 - 8:17 AM

Novak Djokovic, playing in his 8th final in New York and already the champion in 2011 and 2015, is now just 3 Slams behind Rafael Nadal and six back from the record 20 held by Roger Federer

CHAMP. Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning his men's singles finals match against Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2018. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic, Del Potro march into US Open final

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro arrange a US Open final clash as world No. 1 Rafael Nadal quits

HE'S BACK. Two-time champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after disposing of Japan's Kei Nishikori in the 2018 US Open men's singles semifinal. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP