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Nadal, Goerges reach Madrid semis

Holder Rafael Nadal marched into the semi-finals of the ATP-WTA Madrid Masters on Friday, snuffing out Frenchman Michael Llodra’s challenge 6-2, 6-2 in little more than an hour. The French Open champion,

Nadal off to winning start in Barcelona

BARCELONA – Five-time champion Rafael Nadal was barely troubled in a 6-1, 6-1 thrashing of Spanish compatriot Daniel Gimeno-Traver as the top-seeded king of clay returned victorious to the Barcelona Open on Wednesday. Nadal polished his record for the season to 25-4 just 72 hours after defeating compatriot David Ferrer for an historic seventh straight trophy in Monte Carlo. The world number one owns 30 titles on clay and is aiming to pick up where he left off in 2009 here when he won

Monte Carlo 7th heaven for Nadal

MONTE CARLO – Rafael Nadal pronounced himself “a lucky guy” after sweeping to a seventh straight title at the Monte Carlo Masters as he dispatched fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday. “It would have been impossible to imagine a few years ago winning seven titles here,” Nadal said after a victory in 2 hours 16 minutes, his 12th of 16 against his good friend.
“I’m a lucky guy to have done this by age 24. Thanks so much to the life, I’m really enjoying everything.” Nadal

Nadal survives Murray battle to reach final

MONTE CARLO – Rafael Nadal needed to produce one of his most stunning performances on clay on Saturday to edge an injured Andy Murray 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 and book a place in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters.
For the 15th time in the last two decades, a Spaniard will figure in the title match at the Country club, with six-time winner Nadal bidding for a seventh straight title here against compatriot David Ferrer.
The Spanish fourth seed earlier ended the surprise run of Jurgen

Nadal, Federer in quarters

MONACO – Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer continued on a collision course towards the Monte Carlo Masters final after easily winning their third round matches in contrasting conditions on Thursday. Nadal braved unusually chilly temperatures on the sun-kissed Cote d’Azur to seal a quarter-final spot against Ivan Ljubicic with a straightforward 6-2 6-4 victory over Richard Gasquet. While the crowd huddled for warmth deciding whether to cheer six-times champion Nadal or local favourite

Nadal notches eighth win over Gasquet

MONTE CARLO – Top seed Rafael Nadal maintained his traditional momentum at the Monte Carlo Masters Thursday as the Spaniard powered into the quarter-finals 6-2, 6-4, seeing off a French challenge from Richard Gasquet.
The 13th seed from nearby Nice rallied the home crowd momentarily in the second set as sun broke through after morning cloud over the Mediterranean,
Gasquet secured a break-back for 4-4 after losing his serve to the dominating Nadal, now an untouchable 36-1 at

Nadal in command on clay with opening win

MONTE CARLO – Rafael Nadal stormed past Finn Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 6-2 Wednesday to begin the quest for an unprecedented seventh consecutive title at the Monte Carlo Masters. Spain’s top-seeded king of clay, who lost his only match in the principality in 2003, spent just 69 minutes in putting out Nieminen, who dropped the first ten points of the one-way contest. Third seed Andy Murray was due on court in a second-round opener against Czech Radek Stepanek as the Scot tries for his first

I’m not untouchable on clay, insists Nadal

MONTE CARLO – Rafael Nadal began laying the groundwork Monday on his bid for an unprecedented seventh straight title at the Monte Carlos Masters by damping down the growing belief that he is all but untouchable on clay.
“I may have more options on clay,” said the world number one Spaniard who stands 34-1 at the venue with his only loss coming in the third round in his first appearance in 2003.
Since then he’s reeled off 32 straight match wins and is the only player in the

Djokovic overpowers Nadal in Miami final

MIAMI – Novak Djokovic did it again Sunday, defeating world number one Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) to win the ATP Miami Masters crown and remain unbeaten in 2011. Djokovic has now won all 24 matches he has played this year, the best start to a season since Ivan Lendl began 1986 25-0.
The Serbian, ranked second in the world, has captured four titles, including the Australian Open, Dubai and, now, back-to-back elite Masters titles at Indian Wells and Miami, both with victories

Djokovic sinks Nadal in thrilling Miami final

MIAMI – In an epic final, Novak Djokovic defeated world number one Rafa Nadal in a third set tiebreak to win the Sony Ericsson Open 4-6 6-3 7-6 on Sunday.
The victory extends second ranked Djokovic’s winning streak to 26 matches going back to last year and follows his victory over the Spaniard in Indian Wells two weeks ago.
“It is just incredible to win against the number one player in the world in a third set tie break,” a delighted Djokovic said on court before he was

Djokovic to face Nadal in Miami final

MIAMI – Novak Djokovic’s remarkable run continued Friday as he steamed into the final of the ATP’s Miami Masters 1000, where he will face world number one Rafael Nadal. Djokovic reached his fourth final in as many tournaments this year with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over American Mardy Fish.
Nadal, meanwhile, notched a convincing 6-3, 6-2 victory over 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, now ranked third in the world. Nadal, who is seeking his first Miami title, was rarely

Nadal sets up semi showdown with Federer

MIAMI – World tennis number one Rafael Nadal will square off against Swiss rival Roger Federer in a rare semi-final showdown Friday that will be their first match on American soil in six years.
Spain’s Nadal reached the last four at the $9 million WTA and ATP Masters tournament on Thursday by beating Czech Tomas Berdych 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Third seed Federer barely broke a sweat as his quarter-final match was called off after just 10 minutes when Frenchman Gilles Simon couldn’t

Federer, Nadal, Djokovic stroll to Miami wins

MIAMI – The world’s top tennis trio strolled into the quarter-finals of the ATP and WTA Miami Masters, following a two-hour afternoon rain interruption which sent Tuesday’s programme well into Wednesday morning.
Number one Rafael Nadal lived up to expectations as the Spaniard strives for a first Miami title.
The top seed reached the last eight over Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-2 in just 59 minutes. “It was very, very, very humid. That’s why I’m sweating a lot,” said

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