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February 13th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Reaches Buenos Aires SFs, Dominic Thiem Next; Taylor Fritz Breaks Out In Memphis

Rafael Nadal will face Dominic Thiem today in the Buenos Aires semifinals. 18-year-old Taylor Fritz reaches first career ATP semifinal in Memphis.

Posted by Staff @ 8:53 am in Latin Swing, Memphis, Rotterdam | 3 Comments »

February 12th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Wins Buenos Aires Opener; Zverev Shines In Rotterdam, Monfils Next

Rafael Nadal won his first clay court match of 2016.

Posted by Staff @ 9:34 am in Latin Swing, Memphis, Rotterdam | 8 Comments »

February 11th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Opens Title Defense Tonight In Buenos Aires; Kei Nishikori Wins 14th Straight In Memphis

Rafael Nadal begins his clay season tonight in Buenos Aires.

Posted by Staff @ 8:11 am in Latin Swing, Memphis | 95 Comments »

February 9th, 2016

After “Bad” Australian Open, Rafael Nadal Takes Aim At Buenos Aires Title Defense

Rafael Nadal is in Buenos Aires for his title defense.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:16 am in Latin Swing, Videos | 22 Comments »

February 6th, 2016

All Eyes on Rafael Nadal in Buenos Aires: ATP Previews This Week

Last year Nadal broke Ferrer’s three-year hold on the event, beating Monaco in the final…Pulling from the event were Aljaz Bedene, Andreas “Don’t Be A” Haider-Maurer, and Jack Sock…Spaniards have won the singles title for the last seven years…The title-less Nadal is trying to repeat last year when he won his first title of the year in Buenos Aires…Former champs in the field are Nadal (2015), Ferrer (2014-12), Almagro (2011), and Monaco (2007).

Posted by Staff @ 9:59 pm in Tennis | 105 Comments »

February 4th, 2016

11 Things I Think I Thought About The Australian Open, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams And Roger Federer’s Knee

Sean Randall recaps the Australian Open and some additional news of the week.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 3:28 pm in Australian Open | 71 Comments »

January 20th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Redux: Is He Really Done For?

Where does Rafael Nadal go from here?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:59 pm in Australian Open | 54 Comments »

January 19th, 2016

Nadal Shocked, Wawrinka Gets Worm at Australian Open

“Always a tough opponent,” the Swiss said. “Play him last year in Tokyo. Tough match. He’s always playing good. He qualifies or qualifying here, I think. Quite fast surface, so he should serve and volley, playing flat. All depends little bit how I’m going to play. If I’m serving well, playing well, aggressive, hopefully I can made it through.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:28 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 48 Comments »

January 19th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Knocked Out Of Australian Open In 5-Sets By Fernando Verdasco

Rafael Nadal suffered his third straight

Posted by Staff @ 4:31 am in Australian Open | 151 Comments »

January 16th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Wary Of First Rounder Against Fernando Verdasco

Rafael Nadal has to play his friend Fernando Verdasco in one of the tougher first round matches at the Australian Open.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 4:00 pm in Australian Open | 73 Comments »

January 12th, 2016

Poll: Who’s Your Early 2016 Australian Open Favorite? Can Anyone Beat Novak Djokovic?

Who’s your early pick to win the Australian Open?

Posted by Staff @ 10:26 am in Australian Open, Polls | 94 Comments »

January 10th, 2016

Rafael Nadal: Last Year I Was Far From Winning A Grand Slam, This Year Is Different, I Could Be 3 Weeks Away

Rafael Nadal doesn’t know when he’ll win that next Grand Slam, it could come in three weeks.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 3:26 pm in Doha | 17 Comments »

January 9th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Says He’s Never Played Someone As Good As Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal says he’s never played anyone as good as Novak Djokovic. Roger Federer, you listening?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:22 pm in Doha | 100 Comments »

January 9th, 2016

Djokovic Merciless in Doha Final, Rocks Nadal for 1st 2016 Title

The world No. 1 Djokovic rocked Nadal 6-1, 6-2 for the season-opening Qatar ExxonMobil Open title in Doha on Saturday, winning his sixth consecutive ATP title.

Posted by Staff @ 2:35 pm in Doha | 106 Comments »

January 8th, 2016

Any Chance Rafael Nadal Beats Novak Djokovic Saturday In The Doha Final?

Sean Randall makes his pick for Doha final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:11 pm in Doha | 124 Comments »