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May 2nd, 2016

Rafael Nadal Brings 10-Match Win Streak Into Madrid, Cautions He Doesn’t Know Which Rafa Will Show Up

Rafael Nadal seeks a fourth title in Madrid where he isn’t worried about the altitude.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:13 am in Madrid | 4 Comments »

April 30th, 2016

Is Rafael Nadal For Real? Novak Djokovic Leads Big 4 At Madrid Masters

Sean Randall previews the Madrid men’s draw. Will we see a Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal final?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:53 am in Madrid | 83 Comments »

April 26th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Roselyne Bachelot

Rafael Nadal wasn’t kidding about suing public figures who think he’s doping.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:05 am in 2016 Season | 161 Comments »

April 25th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Now Ranks No. 2 In The 2016 ATP Points Race

According to the points, only Novak Djokovic has had a better 2016 than Rafael Nadal.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:40 am in 2016 Season, Rankings | 40 Comments »

April 25th, 2016

Watch Rafael Nadal Jump In The Pool After Winning Barcelona… He Didn’t Take His Socks Off! [Video]

Rafael Nadal got wet again after winning a ninth Barcelona title.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:29 am in Barcelona, Videos | 24 Comments »

April 24th, 2016

Resurgent Rafael Nadal Wins Barcelona, Ties Guillermo Vilas’ All-Time Clay Mark

The former No. 1 is the only player to win nine titles at an event in the Open Era, and now he has done it at Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Roland Garros. Roger Federer has won eight titles during his career at Halle, as did Vilas at Buenos Aires.

Posted by Staff @ 4:44 pm in Barcelona | 69 Comments »

April 23rd, 2016

Rafael Nadal Meets Kei Nishikori In Blockbuster Barcelona Final, Who’s The Pick?

Top seeds Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori collide for the Barcelona title on Sunday.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 3:52 pm in Barcelona | 118 Comments »

April 22nd, 2016

Former Champions Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori Continue On Barcelona Collision Course

Rafael Nadal upped his win streak to 8 today in Barcelona.

Posted by Staff @ 6:40 pm in Barcelona | 53 Comments »

April 21st, 2016

Rafael Nadal Faces Fabio Fognini Friday In Barcelona; Kei Nishikori Win Streak At 12

Rafael Nadal has won his last 7 matches, but tomorrow runs into nemesis Fabio Fognini.

Posted by Staff @ 6:30 pm in Barcelona | 67 Comments »

April 19th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Opens Bid For A Ninth Barcelona Title Wednesday

Rafael Nadal opens play Wednesday in Barcelona.

Posted by Staff @ 11:34 pm in Barcelona | 8 Comments »

April 18th, 2016

Rafael Nadal: This Monte Carlo Victory Confirms That I Am Better Now!

Rafael Nadal backs up the talk.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:03 pm in Barcelona, Monte Carlo | 15 Comments »

April 17th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Back on Top of Clay Heap with Monte Carlo Title Over Gael Monfils

“You just have to accept he’s a bit better,” Monfils said after running out of gas in the third set. “He increased his intensity and changed the way he was playing…I couldn’t contain him when he started to speed up. I simply couldn’t find an answer.”

Posted by Staff @ 2:05 pm in Monte Carlo | 94 Comments »

April 16th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Comes Back To Beat Andy Murray, Meets Gael Monfils In Monte Carlo Final; Who’s The Pick?

Sean Randall picks the Monte Carlo final between Rafael Nadal and Gael Monfils.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:19 pm in Monte Carlo | 64 Comments »

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 »