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  • Sense of anti-climax as Nadal's reign ended by Djokovic Jun 04, 2015 12:56 AM IST

    Sense of anti-climax as Nadal's reign ended by Djokovic

    Nine-times champion Nadal had fitfully found some form after a horror opening four games against the rampant Djokovic, whose previous six encounters with the Spaniard at Roland Garros had all ended in despair, twice in the final.

  • Federer cruises, Wawrinka goes out at Indian Wells Mar 16, 2015 08:31 AM IST

    Federer cruises, Wawrinka goes out at Indian Wells

    World number two Federer launched his bid for a record fifth title at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden with a clinical 6-4 6-2 victory over Argentina's Diego Schwartzman which lasted a little over an hour.

  • Berdych hammers Nadal to make Melbourne semi-finals Jan 27, 2015 11:33 AM IST

    Berdych hammers Nadal to make Melbourne semi-finals

    Berdych, who beat the virtually unstoppable and then six-times champion Roger Federer in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2010, had not beaten Nadal in 17 successive matches, tied for the record as the longest losing streak to another player.

  • Wawrinka leads big shake-up at top of rankings Jan 27, 2014 10:19 AM IST

    Wawrinka leads big shake-up at top of rankings

    In reaching the final after missing last year's tournament Nadal has cemented his world No. 1 ranking and will be hard to shift from the summit but below him the landscape is changing.

  • Rafael Nadal win may intensify 'all-time greatest' debate Jan 25, 2014 02:10 PM IST

    Rafael Nadal win may intensify 'all-time greatest' debate

    A victory would make the Spanish left-hander the third man to win all four grand slam titles twice, joining Australians Rod Laver and Roy Emerson, and also draw him level with Pete Sampras on 14 career major titles.

  • Nadal in no rush to join the super-coach trend Jan 15, 2014 11:47 AM IST

    Nadal in no rush to join the super-coach trend

    The trend of hiring big names is not restricted to the top echelon of men's players, though. Japan's Kei Nishikori, France's Richard Gasquet and Croatia's Marin Cilic all have one also. Rafa Nadal, however, is in no hurry to join them.

  • Federer doesn't care about no.1 spot, says Nadal Oct 29, 2013 09:00 AM IST

    Federer doesn't care about no.1 spot, says Nadal

    Federer's decline has been well documented since 2011, the year he failed to win a grand slam for the first time since 2003. He suffered yet another below par performance this season, at best reaching the last four at the Australian Open -- the first time he has not made it to a major final since 2002

  • Big men's shocks at Wimbledon Jun 27, 2013 12:41 PM IST

    Big men's shocks at Wimbledon

    Defending champion Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal's exit this week rank among the most surprising defeats at Wimbledon

  • Golden era inspires playful Djokovic to get serious Jun 24, 2013 05:32 PM IST

    Golden era inspires playful Djokovic to get serious

    Lucky to be drawn on the other half of the draw to his 'Big Four' rivals - Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray - the world number one, Novak Djokovic dressed in pristine white from neck-to-toe, was in a reflective mood as he sat down for a chat with Reuters.

  • Vulnerable Nadal needs to find form against flashy Fognini Jun 01, 2013 02:24 PM IST

    Vulnerable Nadal needs to find form against flashy Fognini

    After two lacklustre performances and an out-of-character rant at organisers all eyes will be on Rafa Nadal to see if the claycourt matador or this week's vulnerable impostor shows up to face Fabio Fognini on Saturday.

  • Nadal crushes Federer, plays Berdych next Mar 15, 2013 09:36 AM IST

    Nadal crushes Federer, plays Berdych next

    Rafa Nadal produced vintage form against an out-of-sorts Roger Federer, crushing the Swiss 6-4 6-2 in their heavily anticipated quarter-final at the BNP Paribas.

  • Nadal set for his first hardcourt test on comeback Mar 08, 2013 06:16 AM IST

    Nadal set for his first hardcourt test on comeback

    Buoyant after a successful tournament run on clay in recent weeks, Rafa Nadal knows he will face the toughest test of his injury comeback at the BNP Paribas Open starting on Thursday.

  • Nadal to meet Nalbandian in Brazil Open final Feb 17, 2013 05:36 PM IST

    Nadal to meet Nalbandian in Brazil Open final

    Rafa Nadal battled to a 6-3 6-7 6-1 win over Argentine Martin Alund in Sao Paulo on Saturday to qualify for the Brazil Open final.

  • Give me more time before judging me, says Nadal Feb 11, 2013 09:16 PM IST

    Give me more time before judging me, says Nadal

    Rafa Nadal's worst defeat on a claycourt for nine years offered ammunition to the naysayers but the Spaniard says his recovery from knee injury should be judged over time.

  • Agassi amazed by quality in 'golden age' of men's game Jan 25, 2013 03:00 PM IST

    Agassi amazed by quality in 'golden age' of men's game

    Eight-times Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi has been amazed by the soaring quality of men's tennis since he retired and believes he would struggle to compete in what he believes is a "golden age" of men's tennis.

  • Nadal recovery on course, confirms return next month Jan 17, 2013 08:34 AM IST

    Nadal recovery on course, confirms return next month

    Rafa Nadal has passed the latest medical tests on his injured knee, the Spanish tennis federation (RFET) said on Wednesday as the world number four confirmed he would return after more than seven months out at the Brazil Open next month.

  • Grind of tour takes toll on walking wounded Jan 13, 2013 12:18 PM IST

    Grind of tour takes toll on walking wounded

    The unrelenting grind of the professional tennis tour moves back into high gear on Monday with an Australian Open shorn of Rafa Nadal and several players carrying niggling injuries into the draw.

  • Nadal to miss Australian Open through illness Dec 28, 2012 09:10 PM IST

    Nadal to miss Australian Open through illness

    French Open champion Rafa Nadal has been forced to withdraw from January's Australian Open due to a stomach virus that has disrupted his recovery from a knee injury, the world No.4 said on Friday.

  • Golden year for Murray, regrets for Nadal Dec 18, 2012 08:36 AM IST

    Golden year for Murray, regrets for Nadal

    For Andy Murray 2012 marked a golden milestone, for Novak Djokovic the year was an emphatic reminder of his status as the world's best male player, and for Roger Federer and his army of fans it was proof that the old master's magic still sparkles.

  • What they made of Nadal's defeat Jun 30, 2012 10:26 AM IST

    What they made of Nadal's defeat

    Twice former champion Rafa Nadal's amazing second round defeat by Czech journeyman Lukas Rosol was the talk of Wimbledon on Friday for players and spectators alike.

  • Olympic shadow looms large over Wimbledon Jun 24, 2012 10:02 PM IST

    Olympic shadow looms large over Wimbledon

    For all its tradition and prestige, there is an unmistakable sense swirling round Wimbledon that this year's tournament is a dress rehearsal for a bigger sporting occasion.

  • Djokovic, Sharapova top seeds for Wimbledon Jun 20, 2012 05:00 PM IST

    Djokovic, Sharapova top seeds for Wimbledon

    Champion Novak Djokovic and French Open winner Maria Sharapova were named as top seeds for Wimbledon as the grasscourt grand slam mostly followed the rankings to draw up the list for the championships that begin on Monday.

  • Mind over matter helps Nadal become King of Clay Jun 12, 2012 12:22 AM IST

    Mind over matter helps Nadal become King of Clay

    TENNIS-OPEN-NADAL:Mind over matter helps Nadal become King of Clay

  • Nadal beats Djokovic to win record 7th French Open title Jun 11, 2012 05:42 PM IST

    Nadal beats Djokovic to win record 7th French Open title

    TENNIS-FRENCH-OPEN-NADAL-DJOKOVIC:Nadal beats Djokovic to win record seventh French Open title

  • Djokovic & Nadal looking to become record collectors Jun 09, 2012 04:36 AM IST

    Djokovic & Nadal looking to become record collectors

    No man has won seven French Open titles and no man in 43 years has won four grand slams in a row - and only one of these dreams will be realised at the French Open final tomorrow.

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