Rafael Nadal

Federer Defeats Nadal to Win Third Miami Open Crown

April 3, 2017

Roger Federer tapped the Fountain of Youth once again. The 35-year-old Swiss Maestro defeated longtime rival Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 yesterday afternoon to win the Miami Open and capture the Sunshine Double for the third time. Federer won the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells two weeks ago and has now won three tournaments on […]

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Querrey Shocks Nadal to Win Mexican Open

March 5, 2017

Sam Querrey stunned No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the final of the Mexican Open at Acapulco last night in a brilliant display of heavy-hitting tennis. The 29-year-old American’s first win in five tries against Nadal ended the Spaniard’s 14-match win streak at Acapulco, where he had won the title in 2005 […]

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Pouille Rallies Past Medvedev to Reach Semifinals at Marseille

February 24, 2017

Frenchman Lucas Pouille rallied to defeat rising NextGen star Daniil Medvedev of Russia 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Open 13 Marseille in the first match of the evening on Friday. Pouille, seeded No. 4, withstood the firepower of the 21-year-old Russian in the opening set and turned things around by finding his […]

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Pouille Shocks Nadal in Fourth Round Upset at U.S. Open

September 5, 2016

It was a match neither player deserved to lose. Frenchman Lucas Pouille stunned No. 4 seed Rafael Nadal 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6) in a fourth-round thriller at the U.S. Open late yesterday afternoon. The final blow of the contest came when Pouille crushed his 59th winner of the day, an unplayable forehand down […]

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First Round Upset Picks at Wimbledon 2016

June 26, 2016

It’s that time of year again. The day before the start of Wimbledon. Requests have already started to come in for my annual top five first round upset picks at SW19. After two successive years of 1-4 records in the prognosticating business I thought I’d give it a rest. Popular demand dictates that I can’t. […]

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Djokovic Outlasts Nadal in Rome Masters Quarterfinals

May 13, 2016

Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic edged past Rafael Nadal 7-5, 7-6 (4) in a thrilling quarterfinal match at the Rome Masters Friday afternoon — a contest more resembling a final than a quarterfinal clash. Djokovic rallied from a break down in each set and fended off five set points in the second set to defeat […]

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Nadal Beats Nishikori to Win Barcelona Open

April 25, 2016

Look out French Open. Rafael Nadal is back. The top-seeded and fifth-ranked Nadal defeated two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-5 in the final of the Barcelona Open Sunday evening, capturing his second clay-court title in back-to-back weeks and very much looking like the favorite at the upcoming French Open. Nadal won at Monte Carlo […]

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Nadal Edges Murray to Reach Monte Carlo Masters Final

April 16, 2016

Rafael Nadal stormed back from a one-set deficit to defeat second-ranked Andy Murray 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters earlier today. Nadal’s comeback puts the Spaniard in his 100th career final as he bids for his ninth title at the Monte Carlo Country Club, and first since 2012 when he […]

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Rosol Edges Brands at Bratislava Challenger

November 11, 2015

Yesterday’s first-round matchup between top seed Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic and German Daniel Brands at the Bratislava Challenger portended to be a slam-bam affair. Both players stand 6-foot-5, serve big and hold nothing back. Rosol and Brands didn’t disappoint. The Czech prevailed 7-6 (14), 6-3 in a battle featuring laser-like ground strokes, blistering […]

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Nadal Survives Rosol Upset Bid at Basel

October 26, 2015

It was shades of Wimbledon 2012, only this time Rafael Nadal scraped himself off the canvas, steadied himself and rallied to defeat hard-hitting Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic. Nadal prevailed Monday night in the pair’s first round clash at the Swiss Indoors Basel, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4), but it sure wasn’t easy. Rosol stunned […]

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