Rafael Nadal

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | Nadal looks to Australian Open with confidence after surgery

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates— Rafael Nadal is confident he can be fit for the Australian Open as he chases an 18th Grand Slam title. A right knee injury forced Nadal to retire from his U.S. Open semifinal in early September — his last competitive match — and the 32-year-old Spaniard had ankle surgery at … Continue reading ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | Nadal looks to Australian Open with confidence after surgery

Big 3 of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer closes 2018 ranked 1-2-3

The Big Three is the year-end top three, something that last happened in 2014. With Novak Djokovic at No. 1, Rafael Nadal at No. 2 and Roger Federer at No. 3 on Monday, that trio of tennis greats leads the season’s final ATP rankings for the seventh time. This is the first time, though, that … Continue reading Big 3 of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer closes 2018 ranked 1-2-3

MADRID | Djokovic: Exhibition in Saudi Arabia not happening this year

MADRID— Novak Djokovic says an exhibition match against Rafael Nadal in Saudi Arabia has been called off because the Spaniard underwent ankle surgery. The top-ranked Djokovic told BBC Sports on Friday that “the match is not happening this year” because of Nadal’s injury. Djokovic and Nadal had expressed doubt as to whether they would play … Continue reading MADRID | Djokovic: Exhibition in Saudi Arabia not happening this year

PARIS | Djokovic beats Federer in epic Paris semi; facing Khachanov

PARIS — Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 7-6 (6), 5-7, 7-6 (3) in an epic Paris Masters semifinal lasting three hours, finally sealing victory when Federer hit a backhand into the net after saving two match points. Djokovic’s fourth straight win over Federer and 25th in 47 contests sends him into the final against unseeded … Continue reading PARIS | Djokovic beats Federer in epic Paris semi; facing Khachanov

NEW YORK | The Latest: Thiem ousts 2017 US Open runner-up Anderson

NEW YORK  — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): 1:55 p.m. Dominic Thiem has eliminated 2017 U.S. Open finalist Kevin Anderson with a 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (2) victory in the fourth round. Anderson was hoping to earn a rematch with Rafael Nadal, who beat him last year in the final … Continue reading NEW YORK | The Latest: Thiem ousts 2017 US Open runner-up Anderson

NEW YORK | Alexander Zverev finally reaches 3rd round at US Open

NEW YORK — Alexander Zverev is finally hanging around for the third round of the U.S. Open. The No. 4 seed beat Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday, winning a second-round match for the first time in his four trips to Flushing Meadows. The German leads the ATP Tour in wins this year, has … Continue reading NEW YORK | Alexander Zverev finally reaches 3rd round at US Open

NEW YORK | The Latest: Isner’s 38 aces help him get to US Open’s 3rd Rd

NEW YORK — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Serena Williams set up a third-round showdown at the U.S. Open against her older sister by hitting 13 aces and overwhelming 101st-ranked Carina Witthoeft of Germany 6-2, 6-2 in a little more than an hour. This Williams vs. Williams … Continue reading NEW YORK | The Latest: Isner’s 38 aces help him get to US Open’s 3rd Rd

NEW YORK | Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal on schedule as US Open begins

NEW YORK — A long list of returns highlights Day 1 at the U.S. Open as the year’s last Grand Slam tennis tournament gets started. The schedule Monday includes Serena Williams, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka — all past champions at Flushing Meadows who missed last year’s U.S. Open. In addition, defending champions Rafael Nadal … Continue reading NEW YORK | Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal on schedule as US Open begins

TORONTO | Nadal ends Tsitsipas’ Toronto run on Greek’s 20th birthday

TORONTO— Rafael Nadal won his 80th ATP World Tour title Sunday — and spoiled Stefanos Tsitsipas’ 20th birthday. The top-ranked Nadal beat the unseeded Greek upstart 6-2, 7-6 (4) for his fourth Rogers Cup crown and fifth victory of the year. He has 33 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. “If you told me this … Continue reading TORONTO | Nadal ends Tsitsipas’ Toronto run on Greek’s 20th birthday

TORONTO | Greek teen Tsitsipas, top-ranked Nadal reach Toronto final

TORONTO — Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas became the youngest player to beat four straight top-10 players in an event since the ATP World Tour was established in 1990, outlasting Kevin Anderson 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (7) on Saturday to reach the Rogers Cup final. Tsitsipas will celebrate his 20th birthday Sunday by facing top-ranked Rafael … Continue reading TORONTO | Greek teen Tsitsipas, top-ranked Nadal reach Toronto final

LONDON  | Djokovic eyes 4th Wimbledon title, facing Anderson in final

LONDON  — Novak Djokovic will be trying to win his fourth Wimbledon championship when he faces Kevin Anderson in the men’s singles final. Djokovic is also aiming for what would be a 13th Grand Slam trophy and his first in more than two years after dealing with an injured right elbow that needed surgery. Anderson … Continue reading LONDON  | Djokovic eyes 4th Wimbledon title, facing Anderson in final

LONDON | The Latest: Nadal, Djokovic 7-7 in 5th set

LONDON — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Novak Djokovic advanced to a fifth Wimbledon final with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 3-6, 10-8 victory over Rafael Nadal. The match — which began on Friday evening — finished after 5 hours, 14 minutes as Djokovic secured the only break of the fifth … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Nadal, Djokovic 7-7 in 5th set

LONDON | The Latest: Djokovic, Nadal resume Wimbledon semifinal

LONDON — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): 1:10 p.m. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have resumed their Wimbledon semifinal. Three-time champion Djokovic was leading two-time champion Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9) when play was stopped by Wimbledon’s 11 p.m. curfew on Friday evening. The start of the match had been delayed by the … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Djokovic, Nadal resume Wimbledon semifinal

LONDON | 30-love Wimbledon semifinals: Nadal-Djokovic, Isner-Anderson

LONDON — After so much speculation about a possible Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, 10 years after their last, the tennis world instead will get a semifinal featuring another outstanding rivalry: Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic. Friday’s showdown will be their 52nd meeting overall — the most for any pair of men and … Continue reading LONDON | 30-love Wimbledon semifinals: Nadal-Djokovic, Isner-Anderson

LONDON  | The Latest: Federer returns to No. 1 Court at Wimbledon

LONDON  — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): 1:10 p.m. Roger Federer has played his first Wimbledon point away from Centre Court since 2015. The eight-time champion’s quarterfinal with eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson is underway on No. 1 Court, after Federer was scheduled away from the All England Club’s main stadium for the first time … Continue reading LONDON  | The Latest: Federer returns to No. 1 Court at Wimbledon

LONDON | The Latest: Serena misses baby’s 1st steps at Wimbledon

LONDON — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Playing at Wimbledon comes at a price when you’re a new mother. Serena Williams says she missed her daughter Olympia’s first steps while she was practicing at the All England Club on Saturday. Williams tweeted : “She took her first steps… I was training … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Serena misses baby’s 1st steps at Wimbledon

LONDON | Top-ranked Nadal, Halep try to reach 4th round at Wimbledon

LONDON — Top-ranked duo Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep are back on court at Wimbledon on Saturday as they try to reach the fourth round of the grass-court Grand Slam. Nadal is playing Australian teenager Alex de Minaur on Centre Court, with Halep facing Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan on No. 1 Court. Nadal is looking … Continue reading LONDON | Top-ranked Nadal, Halep try to reach 4th round at Wimbledon

LONDON | The Latest: Kerber overcomes Liu at Wimbledon

LONDON— The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Former Wimbledon finalist Angelique Kerber had to come from a set down to oust American qualifier Claire Liu in the second round. The 11th-seeded Kerber broke decisively for a 4-3 lead in the third set before serving out a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory against the … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Kerber overcomes Liu at Wimbledon

LONDON | The Latest: Play underway on Day 4 at Wimbledon

LONDON — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Play is underway on Day 4 at Wimbledon. The 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber is among the early starters at the All England Club, playing American qualifier Claire Liu. Later, top-ranked Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep are in action, while third-seeded Marin Cilic will try to … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Play underway on Day 4 at Wimbledon

LONDON | Djokovic, Nadal try to reach 3rd round on Day 4 at Wimbledon

LONDON — Three-time champion Novak Djokovic will be in slightly unfamiliar surroundings as he tries to reach the third round at Wimbledon. The 12th-seeded Serb is scheduled to play on No. 2 Court when he faces Horacio Zeballos of Argentina on Thursday, having grown more accustomed to appearing on the larger Centre Court and No. … Continue reading LONDON | Djokovic, Nadal try to reach 3rd round on Day 4 at Wimbledon

LONDON | Swap at top: Nadal reclaims No. 1 ranking from Federer

LONDON (AP) — Rafael Nadal is back at No. 1 in the ATP rankings, retaking the top spot from Roger Federer after just one week. Monday’s new order is the sixth change of the year at No. 1, the most since there were eight in 1999. The record is 10 switches at No. 1 in … Continue reading LONDON | Swap at top: Nadal reclaims No. 1 ranking from Federer

PARIS | This one goes to 11: Nadal beats Thiem for French Open title

PARIS (AP) — In full control of the French Open final, a rather familiar position for him, Rafael Nadal suddenly was worried. He led by two sets plus a break early in the third, when the middle finger on his racket-wielding left hand was cramping so badly he couldn’t straighten it. After serving a fault, … Continue reading PARIS | This one goes to 11: Nadal beats Thiem for French Open title

PARIS | The Latest: Nadal wins 2nd set of French Open final

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local): ___ 5:05 p.m. Rafael Nadal is one set away from what would be a record-extending 11th French Open title, having taken the second set 6-3 in the final against Dominic Thiem. Nadal won the first set 6-4. Nadal had a brief moment of … Continue reading PARIS | The Latest: Nadal wins 2nd set of French Open final

PARIS | The Latest: Waters, Seydoux unveil trophy at French final

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local): ___ 3 p.m. Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters and James Bond actress Lea Seydoux have unveiled the Musketeers Cup that will be won by either Rafael Nadal or Dominic Thiem in the French Open final. The trophy was carried into the Court Philippe … Continue reading PARIS | The Latest: Waters, Seydoux unveil trophy at French final

PARIS | The Latest: Del Potro still figuring out who distracted him

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local): ___ 5:20 p.m. Juan Martin del Potro is still trying to figure out which spectator distracted him when he was about to serve. Del Potro was under pressure to hold at 4-4 in the second set against Marin Cilic during their quarterfinal on … Continue reading PARIS | The Latest: Del Potro still figuring out who distracted him

PARIS | The Latest: Thiem thrashes Zverev at French Open

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local): ___ 4 p.m. Dominic Thiem has secured a third consecutive French Open semifinal by claiming a straight-sets win against Alexander Zverev. The second-seeded German was hampered by a thigh injury and lost their quarterfinal 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 in less than two hours. Zverev … Continue reading PARIS | The Latest: Thiem thrashes Zverev at French Open

PARIS | Nadal powers into 4th round with French Open streaks intact

PARIS (AP) — Right from the get-go in Court Philippe Chatrier, things were not looking good for Rafael Nadal’s latest French Open foil: The 10-time champion at Roland Garros won the first 12 points against Richard Gasquet. “I started badly,” Gasquet would say later. Well, that’s one possible explanation. Another is much simpler. To wit: … Continue reading PARIS | Nadal powers into 4th round with French Open streaks intact

PARIS | The Latest: Nadal beats Gasquet again to reach 4th round

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local): ___ 4:50 p.m. Defending champion Rafael Nadal has advanced to the fourth round of the French Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win against Richard Gasquet, improving to 16-0 against the Frenchman. The 27th-seeded Gasquet trailed 5-0 in the first set before winning … Continue reading PARIS | The Latest: Nadal beats Gasquet again to reach 4th round

PARIS | The Latest: Nadal eases into French Open 3rd round

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local): ___ 6:00 p.m. Rafael Nadal has completed another straight-set win to reach the third round of the French Open. Nadal is once again the big favorite in Paris following a tremendous clay-court season, and the 10-time champion lived up to the status by … Continue reading PARIS | The Latest: Nadal eases into French Open 3rd round

PARIS | The Latest: Cilic moves into 2nd round in straight sets

PARIS(AP) — The Latest on the French Open, the year’s second Grand Slam tennis tournament (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Third-seeded Marin Cilic has kicked off his Roland Garros campaign with a straight-set win over James Duckworth of Australia. Cilic, a former U.S. Open champion who reached two of the past three Grand Slam finals, … Continue reading PARIS | The Latest: Cilic moves into 2nd round in straight sets