Nadal routs Paire to reach third round in Toronto

By Frank Pingue TORONTO, Aug 9 : Rafael Nadal was made to wait before his second-round Rogers Cup match due to several rain delays but did his part to put the schedule back on track with a speedy 6-2 6-3 win over Frenchman Benoit Paire on Wednesday. World number one Nadal, who kicked off the […]

Djokovic edges ahead of Nadal in semi-final thriller

By Martyn Herman LONDON, July 14 : Novak Djokovic clawed his way to a two sets to one lead over great rival Rafael Nadal under the Centre Court roof before their scintillating Wimbledon semi-final was paused with the contest balanced on a knife-edge on Friday. With the clock slipping past 11pm — the official curfew […]

Del Potro scraps past Simon to set up Nadal clash

By Martyn Herman LONDON, July 10 : Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro returned to see off Frenchman Gilles Simon on Tuesday and reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the second time, but it was desperately hard work. The fifth seed had led by two sets on Monday but Simon grabbed the third set before fading light […]

Record-setter Nadal roars back, Italy hold France

By Zoran Milosavljevic Undated, Apr 7 : Spain’s Rafael Nadal returned to action with a 6-2 6-2 6-3 Davis Cup win over Germany’s Philip Kohlschreiber on Friday to set a record for the longest winning streak in the competition’s history. World number one Nadal had not played since he retired from his Australian Open quarter-final […]

Nadal weathers blast from pocket rocket Schwartzman

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 21 : Top seed Rafa Nadal was rattled by a feisty challenge from Diego Schwartzman but held firm to fend off the diminutive Argentine 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday. In an often breathtaking clash boasting some sumptuous shot-making, the Spaniard was […]

Nadal happy with rollicking start at Melbourne Park

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 15 : A ruthless Rafa Nadal preserved his creaky knees for tougher tests down the road by routing Dominican journeyman Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1 6-1 6-1 to sail into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday. Playing his first competitive match since pulling out of the ATP Tour […]