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144th-Ranked Aussie Stuns Rafael Nadal

Nick Kyrgios, who? Dumps No. 1 in first Wimbledon

(Newser) - Two-time champion Rafael Nadal lost in the fourth round of Wimbledon to 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios of Australia 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 today. The 144th-ranked Kyrgios, a wild-card entry, hit 37 aces and delivered a between-the-legs winner on one point. He is the first man to get to the... More »

Nadal Wins Steamy 9th French Open

Sends Novak Djokovic packing after shaky first set

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal won the French Open title for the ninth time, and the fifth time in a row, by beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 today in the final. Nadal improved his record at Roland Garros to 66-1, and stretched his winning streak at the clay-court major to 35... More »

Wawrinka Wins Aussie Open as Nadal Falters

Swiss player hadn't won a single set against Spaniard in 12 previous matches

(Newser) - Stan Wawrinka held off an injured Rafael Nadal to win his first Grand Slam title with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory today in the Australian Open final. The 28-year-old Swiss player had never taken a set off Nadal in 12 previous meetings, but dominated from the start at Melbourne... More »

Nadal Defeated by 135th-Ranked Player in Round 1

(Newser) - Ouch. In a span of 15 days, Rafael Nadal went from French Open champion for a record eighth time to first-round Grand Slam loser for the only time in his career. Limping occasionally and slower than usual, but unwilling to blame an old left knee injury , the two-time Wimbledon winner... More »

Shirtless Protesters Storm French Open

Flare-wielding protesters demand Francois Hollande quit

(Newser) - It was just another boring French Open final, with Rafael Nadal soundly thumping David Ferrer—until a masked, half-naked flare-wielding protester hopped onto the tennis court, reports the AP . Security personnel quickly subdued the man, but other protesters climbed atop an adjacent court with flares and a sign demanding the... More »

Nadal, Serena Triumph at Italian Open

Next week: French Open

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal controlled the Italian Open final from start to finish, beating Roger Federer 6-1, 6-3 today in the 30th meeting between the two stars. Nadal improved to 20-10 in his career against Federer, and won the Italian Open for the seventh time. He also showed once again that he'... More »

Nadal Wins 1st Title Since Knee Injury

As Serena Williams is bounced from Qatar Open

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal beat David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-3 in the Brazil Open final today, winning his first title since returning from a seven-month layoff to treat his left knee. Nadal thrust his arms into the air and pumped his fist after a long ball by Nalbandian made him the champion of... More »

Rafael Nadal Pulls Out of US Open

Injury will keep him from playing in year's last Grand Slam tournament

(Newser) - It's been a rough summer for Rafael Nadal: The US Open says the tennis player has withdrawn from the last Grand Slam tournament of the year because of injury. Citing left knee tendinitis, the third-ranked Nadal hasn't played a match since June 28, when he was upset in... More »

Nadal Backs Out of Olympics

Knee tendonitis will sideline tennis great

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal was supposed to carry Spain's flag at next week's opening ceremonies for the London Olympics. Now, he won't even be there. The 2008 gold medalist today announced that he is sidelining himself because of tendonitis in his knee, Reuters reports. "I am not in... More »

Nadal Dumps Djokovic, Wins 7th French Open

Final was suspended last night due to rain

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal won his record seventh French Open title, returning to Roland Garros today to defeat Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 in a match that was halted the night before because of rain. When play resumed, second-seeded Nadal promptly broke top-seeded Djokovic's serve to pull even at 2-2.... More »

Djokovic Edges Nadal in Epic Aussie Open

Duo duke it out for 6 hours in Melbourne

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic wore down Rafael Nadal in the longest Grand Slam singles final in the history of professional tennis today, winning 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 after five hours, 53 minutes to claim his third Australian Open title. Djokovic sealed victory at 1:37am local time and became the... More »

Djokovic Tops Nadal for 1st US Open Title

No.1-ranked player claims third grand slam this year

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic matched his nearly perfect season with an almost flawless performance in tonight's US Open final, returning brilliantly and swatting winners from all angles to beat Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1. In a final full of lengthy, mesmerizing points, the No. 1-ranked Djokovic claimed his third... More »

Nadal Collapses With Cramp

Room cleared, trainer helps tennis star

(Newser) - Tennis No. 2 Rafael Nadal collapsed from cramps yesterday, not on the tennis court but during a press conference, reports the Independent . Sitting in a chair two hours after winning his third-round match in the US Open, Nadal suddenly started grimacing, then slipped to the ground. The room was cleared,... More »

Djokovic Beats Nadal, Wins Wimbledon

Serb will ascend to No. 1 tomorrow

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon title today, and he beat defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 to do it. Djokovic, who was already guaranteed to take over the No. 1 ranking from the Spaniard tomorrow, extended his mastery over Nadal this season with a fifth straight head-to-head... More »

Wimbledon: Nadal Injured, but Not Out

Source: Rafael Nadal feeling left foot pain after win, still playing

(Newser) - A person with knowledge of the medical test results says that Rafael Nadal is not seriously injured, and is expected to play in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Nadal has not yet released a statement to the media, said today, "the MRI... More »

Nadal Downs Federer, Nabs 6th Open

Takes fourth French Open against Swiss player

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal won his record-equaling sixth French Open title today, beating Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-1 in the final. It was the fourth final at Roland Garros between the two players, and the fourth won by Nadal. More »

Nadal Triumphs at US Open

Wins first to complete career Grand Slam

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal won his first US Open title to complete a career Grand Slam, beating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 today in a thrilling final interrupted by a thunderstorm a day after it was postponed by rain. He is the seventh man in tennis history with at least one... More »

Nadal Sweeps Berdych, Wins 2nd Wimbledon

Rafa goes to 5-0 in last 5 Grand Slams

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal has swept Tomas Berdych in straight sets to win his second Wimbledon title and eighth Grand Slam championship. The top-ranked Spaniard beat the 12th-seeded Czech 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 today to reinforce his current status as the No. 1 player in the game. Nadal broke four times and never... More »

Nadal Captures 5th French Open

Roundly defeats Robin Soderling at Roland Garros

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal has reclaimed his crown as the King of Clay. Chasing down shots all over the court, the relentless Spaniard won his fifth French Open title today and avenged his lone Roland Garros defeat, beating Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Nadal improved to 38-1 at Roland Garros, with the... More »

Soderling Bounces Defending Champ Federer

Swede snaps 6-year streak of Grand Slam semis at 23

(Newser) - There will be a Grand Slam semifinal without Roger Federer for the first time in 6 years. French Open upset specialist Robin Soderling struck again today, rallying past defending champion Federer in a rainy quarterfinal, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. That ended Federer's record streak of reaching the semifinals in 23... More »

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