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Category: Rafael Nadal

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Rafael Nadal the beacon of sport’s old power despite new normal

Lockdown has revealed a lot about athletes but tennis’ king of clay will want to catapult us back in time come SeptemberOne of the most refreshing aspects of sporting lockdown, in the absence of watching athletes do things, has been watching athletes t…

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‘They’re not going to starve’: Thiem will not chip in for struggling tennis players

‘I would rather give money to those that really need it’World No 3 questions work ethic of lower-ranked playersDominic Thiem has firmly rejected the idea that the world’s top tennis players should chip in to help lower-ranked competitors who are strugg…

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Indian Wells tennis tournament cancelled as coronavirus fears spread

BNP Paribas Open was due to start on Monday in CaliforniaRafael Nadal: ‘We are here and still deciding what’s next’The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells will not take place due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, organisers have said.Rafael Nada…

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Serves, sunsets and koalas: Australian Open 2020 – the tournament’s best photos

As the 2020 Australian Open comes to a close, we take a look at some of our favourite images from Melbourne Park Continue reading…

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Rafael Nadal crashes out of Australian Open after thriller with Dominic Thiem

• Top seed loses quarter-final in four sets • Thiem beats Nadal 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6Dominic Thiem helds his nerve to send a tetchy Rafael Nadal out of the Australian Open in the quarter-finals, prolonging the world No 1’s indifferent run in Melbourne.Nad…

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Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem: Australian Open quarter-final – live!

Follow game-by-game updates from Melbourne ParkFederer saves seven match points en route to semi with DjokovicEmail Jonathan here or tweet @JPHowcroft 9.29am GMT First set: Nadal* 5-4 Thiem (* denotes server) Thiem rips a forehand winner that bruises t…

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Nick Kyrgios goes for broke in tennis punch-up but ends on the floor | Kevin Mitchell

Recent meetings with Nadal have been laced with acrimony but here the Australian was on his best behaviour in defeatNick Kyrgios invariably plays his best tennis when he generates his own drama rather than when someone else writes the script – like an …

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Australian Open: Nadal v Kyrgios, plus Zverev and Kerber in action – live!

Updates from the evening session of day eight in MelbourneMcEnroe slams Margaret Court as the ‘crazy aunt’ of tennisAny thoughts? Email or tweet @tumcarayol 7.35am GMT As we wait for the night session to begin, one match is reaching its dramatic conclu…

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Rafael Nadal glides into second round of Australian Open and dampens title talk

• Spaniard dispatches Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien 6-2, 6-3, 6-0• Nadal insists he does not think about winning 20 major titlesWhether it is reasonable to sign up for Rafael Nadal’s repeated assertion that he does not lose sleep over passing Roger Federer’s …

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Rafael Nadal glides into second round of Australian Open and dampens title talk

• Spaniard dispatches Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien 6-2, 6-3, 6-0• Nadal insists he does not think about winning 20 major titlesWhether it is reasonable to sign up for Rafael Nadal’s repeated assertion that he does not lose sleep over passing Roger Federer’s …

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Australian Open: Players discuss air quality concerns before tournament – video

The biggest names in tennis, including Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova, have admitted to concerns about the impact of the bushfires and air quality at the Australian Open before it begins on Monday. There were concerns about the health and wellbeing o…

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Australian Open: Players discuss air quality concerns before tournament – video

The biggest names in tennis, including Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova, have admitted to concerns about the impact of the bushfires and air quality at the Australian Open before it begins on Monday. There were concerns about the health and wellbeing o…

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Djokovic’s Melbourne haven may be hazardous for Nadal and Federer | Kevin Mitchell

Djokovic was near perfect against Nadal in last year’s Australian Open final and, before his bid for a record-extending eighth title, he knows he has the measure of the world No 1 and FedererDan Evans, whose rebirth as one of the wiliest operators on t…

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Djokovic’s Melbourne haven may be hazardous for Nadal and Federer | Kevin Mitchell

Djokovic was near perfect against Nadal in last year’s Australian Open final and, before his bid for a record-extending eighth title, he knows he has the measure of the world No 1 and FedererDan Evans, whose rebirth as one of the wiliest operators on t…

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Rafael Nadal says tennis has room for only one team competition

• ‘Two World Cups in one month is not real’• Serbia beat Nadal’s Spain in ATP Cup finalRafael Nadal says there is no room in tennis for both the Davis Cup and the new ATP Cup, and has urged administrators to create one “big world team cup competition” …

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Rafael Nadal says tennis has room for only one team competition

• ‘Two World Cups in one month is not real’• Serbia beat Nadal’s Spain in ATP Cup finalRafael Nadal says there is no room in tennis for both the Davis Cup and the new ATP Cup, and has urged administrators to create one “big world team cup competition” …

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Novak Djokovic leads Serbia to victory over Spain in ATP Cup – video

‘I’ll remember this for the rest of my life’ were the words of Novak Djokovic after he inspired Serbia to ATP Cup glory against Spain in Sydney. The world No 2 took on Spain’s Rafael Nadal, clinching victory 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) to level to tie after Roberto…

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Novak Djokovic leads Serbia to glory against Spain in inaugural ATP Cup

• Serb defeats Rafael Nadal in singles before doubles decider• ‘I’ll remember this for the rest of my life,’ says DjokovicNovak Djokovic has now beaten Rafael Nadal 29 times in 55 matches in the greatest tennis rivalry of the modern era, but he agreed …

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Novak Djokovic awaits Spain as Rafael Nadal sets up ATP Cup final against Serbia

• Rafael Nadal beats Alex De Minaur to put Spain in ATP Cup final• Novak Djokovic and Serbia await after their win over RussiaRafael Nadal secured a comeback victory against Australia’s Alex De Minaur at the ATP Cup in Sydney, propelling Spain into the…

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Djokovic and Nadal set up prospect of final showdown in inaugural ATP Cup

• Serbia face Russia, Australia meet Spain in semi-finals• Nadal ‘suffered a lot physically’ in win against BelgiumThere is only so far any hero can carry his tribe. Yet after a weary Novak Djokovic and Serbia limped through the quarter-finals of the A…