Nadal ‘bagelled’ but survives Thiem test to reach semis

By Simon Jennings NEW YORK, Sept 5 : Defending champion Rafa Nadal failed to win a single game in the opening set of his U.S. Open quarter-final against Dominic Thiem on Tuesday but fought back to beat the Austrian 0-6 6-4 7-5 6-7(4) 7-6(5) in a match that ended after 2 a.m. in New York. […]

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 […]