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April 16th, 2016

Nishikori, Not Nadal, the New King of Clay in Barcelona?; Bucharest; ATP Previews

Nishikori is the two-time defending champion, last year beating Andujar in the final…”I am happy to be back in Barcelona. I feel good and hope to win my third consecutive title here,” Nishikori said…Nadal won the title in eight of nine years prior to that…

Posted by Staff @ 11:30 am in Barcelona, Bucharest, Tennis | 21 Comments »

April 15th, 2016

Resurgent Rafael Nadal Takes On Rival Andy Murray In Monte Carlo SFs Saturday

A Big Four will face a Frenchman in the Monte Carlo final Sunday, who will it be?

Posted by Staff @ 6:35 pm in Monte Carlo | 151 Comments »

April 15th, 2016

Tsonga Sends Off Federer; Nadal Returns To Form, Dominates Wawrinka In Monte Carlo

Is Rafael Nadal finally finding his form again?

Posted by Staff @ 6:06 pm in Monte Carlo | 2 Comments »

April 14th, 2016

Rafael Nadal v Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga In Friday Monte Carlo QF Play

The quarterfinals are set at Monte Carlo Friday. Are we headed to a Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal final?

Posted by Staff @ 8:54 pm in Monte Carlo | 134 Comments »

April 14th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Gets Revenge On Dominic Thiem In Monte Carlo; Roger Federer Continues Sharp Return

Rafael Nadal saved 15 of 16 breakpoints to deny Dominic Thiem today in Monte Carlo.

Posted by Staff @ 8:35 pm in Monte Carlo | 1 Comment »

April 14th, 2016

Aljaz Bedene Says Rafael Nadal’s Forehand Is Now A Weakness!

Aljaz Bedene has an explanation why Rafael Nadal has struggled.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:04 am in Monte Carlo | 8 Comments »

April 14th, 2016

Is Rafael Nadal Dealing With A Wrist Issue?

Rafael Nadal reveals what’s going on with his wrist.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:53 am in Injuries, Monte Carlo | 12 Comments »

April 13th, 2016

Down Goes Novak Djokovic! Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem Thursday In Monte Carlo

Novak Djokovic proved again his not invincible. And who’ll take advantage now that the Serb’s out?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 3:38 pm in Monte Carlo | 120 Comments »

April 12th, 2016

Novak Djokovic Opens Clay Season In Monte Carlo; Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka Also Wednesday

Three former champions – Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka – open play Wednesday in Monte Carlo.

Posted by Staff @ 4:01 pm in Monte Carlo | 138 Comments »

April 11th, 2016

Rafael Nadal: When You Win, It’s Easier To Keep Winning; When You Lose, It’s Easier To Keep Losing

Rafael Nadal is back on his favorite surface.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:44 am in Monte Carlo | 36 Comments »

April 9th, 2016

Novak Djokovic Leads Way In Monte Carlo; Roger Federer Returns, Does Rafael Nadal Have Anything Left?

Sean Randall previews the Monte Carlo draw.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:09 pm in Monte Carlo | 144 Comments »

March 27th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Wraps Up First Quarter Of Season With Strange Retirement And More Questions Than Answers

It’s been a season of unfortunate firsts for Rafael Nadal. And Saturday he had to retire in a match for the first time in six years.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 4:05 pm in Miami | 55 Comments »

March 26th, 2016

‘Scared’ Rafael Nadal Retires at Hot and Humid Miami Open; Young Guns Power Through

“Today was very tough to play with this weather and these conditions,” Kuznetsov said. “I think it helped me today because I saw that Stan was struggling with moving, and it was also very hot for him as well.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:13 pm in Miami | 45 Comments »

March 26th, 2016

Rafael Nadal: Djokovic Has Been Dominating Tennis Too Much The Last 2 Years, But He Deserves It

Rafael Nadal begins play in Miami today.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:44 pm in Miami | 39 Comments »

March 21st, 2016

Rafael Nadal Calls Indian Wells A Positive Week

Rafael Nadal was pleased with his week at Indian Wells.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:04 am in Indian Wells | 7 Comments »