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Djokovic Joins Federer, Nadal Atop Grand Slam List

34-year-old bounces back for 4-set Wimbledon victory

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal by claiming his 20th Grand Slam title Sunday, coming back to beat Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the Wimbledon final. The No. 1-ranked Djokovic earned a third consecutive championship at the All England Club and sixth overall, the AP...

Nadal Ties Record With Stunning Win on French Clay

The Spaniard crushes Novak Djokovic in straight sets

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal tied Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles by producing a nearly perfect performance against Novak Djokovic in the French Open final, the AP reports. Nadal equaled long-time rival Federer for the most major singles tennis championships won by a man and added to his own record at...

Defending Champ Will Skip US Open
Defending Champ
Will Skip US Open

Defending Champ Will Skip US Open

'The situation is very complicated worldwide,' Rafael Nadal says

(Newser) - Defending champion Rafael Nadal will skip the US Open because of the coronavirus pandemic, putting on hold his bid to equal Roger Federer’s men’s record for Grand Slam titles. Nadal explained his decision in a series of tweets sent in Spanish and English on Tuesday. "The situation...

Rafael Nadal Wins 'Unforgettable' Final

Win over Daniil Medvedev didn't come easy

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal's 19th Grand Slam trophy went from inevitable to suddenly in doubt in a thrill-a-minute US Open final. What had all the makings of a casual crowning morphed into a grueling contest thanks to Nadal's opponent, Daniil Medvedev, a man a decade younger and appearing in his...

For the 12th Time, Nadal Lifts the French Open Trophy

Champion dropped a set but recovered

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal pulled away in what had suddenly become a tight final to beat Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, on Sunday for his record-extending 12th French Open championship. It raises Nadal's Grand Slam title count to 18; Roger Federer has 20. Thiem made it seem as if this...

Djokovic Embarrasses a Legend at Aussie Open

Rafael Nadal loses final to relentless Djokovic, who marches to his 7th tournament title

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic was so good, so relentless, so pretty much perfect, that Rafael Nadal never stood a chance. Djokovic reduced one of the greats of the game to merely another outclassed opponent—just a guy, really—and one so out of sorts that Nadal even whiffed on one of his...

'Scared' Nadal Beats Thiem at French Open

The Spaniard claims his 17th Grand Slam title

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal won his record-extending 11th championship at the French Open on Sunday, overcoming a late problem with a finger on his racket-swinging hand and displaying his foe-rattling best for a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 7 seed Dominic Thiem, the only person to beat the Spaniard on clay...

Nadal Beats Anderson for 3rd US Open
Nadal Dominates
US Open Final

Nadal Dominates US Open Final

He beats Anderson for 16th Grand Slam final

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal against Kevin Anderson in the US Open final shaped up as quite a mismatch—and that's exactly what it was. His game at a high level at the end of an unusually easy path through a Grand Slam field, Nadal overwhelmed first-time major finalist Anderson 6-3, 6-3,...

In Upset, Nadal Is Out at Wimbledon
In Upset,
Nadal Is Out
at Wimbledon

In Upset, Nadal Is Out at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal loses to 16th-seeded Giles Muller

(Newser) - First, Rafael Nadal erased a two-set deficit. Then, he erased four match points. Nadal could not, however, erase the fifth. After digging himself out of difficult situations over and over during the course of a riveting encounter that lasted more than 4½ hours, Nadal suddenly faltered, getting broken in the...

Rafael Nadal Just Did What No Other Player Has Done

He won his 10th French Open, the most wins at any major tournament

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal won his record 10th French Open title Sunday, beating No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in straight sets as he continued his career-long dominance on clay courts. That he won his 10th French Open is no small stat, notes the AP : That is more than any man or woman has...

Federer Ekes Out 18th Grand Slam
Federer Ekes Out
18th Grand Slam

Federer Ekes Out 18th Grand Slam

It's a hard-fought, emotional victory over Nadal at Australian Open

(Newser) - Roger Federer has won his 18th major title by beating Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to capture the Australian Open, reports the AP . Federer was down a break early in the pivotal fifth set, but came back to break the Spaniard in the sixth game to level the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Protests Disrupt French Open as Nadal Wins
 Shirtless Protesters 
 Storm French Open 
AS NADAL WINS HIS 8th

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...

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'...

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...

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...

Nadal Backs Out of Olympics
 Nadal Backs Out 
 of Olympics 

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...

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