Rafael Nadal

Zverev Surprises Djokovic to Win Italian Open

May 21, 2017

NextGen tennis star Alexander Zverev powered his way into the NowGen elite of men’s tennis Sunday afternoon. The 20-year-old German upset second seed Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the Italian Open, winning his first Masters title and becoming the only player born in the 1990s to accomplish the feat so far. With […]

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Nadal Thrashes Djokovic in Madrid Open Semifinals

May 13, 2017

Rafael Nadal captured his first win over Novak Djokovic since the 2014 French Open final, beating the second-seeded Serb 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Mutua Madrid Open earlier today. Nadal played with ruthless aggression and purpose on the red clay at the Caja Magica, particularly in the first set, ending a string of […]

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Thiem Topples Murray in Barcelona Open Semifinals

April 29, 2017

Austrian gunslinger Dominic Thiem bagged his first win over a World No. 1 Saturday afternoon, defeating Andy Murray 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Barcelona Open. The victory halted Thiem’s string of four straight losses against World No. 1s. The 23-year-old has beaten Roger Federer twice and Rafael Nadal once, but not when […]

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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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