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  • Nadal sinks Federer for sixth French title Jun 06, 2011 08:10 AM IST

    Nadal sinks Federer for sixth French title

    Rafa Nadal racked up a record-equalling sixth French Open title with a four-sets win over great rival Roger Federer on Sunday as his potent powers on clay again proved irresistible.

  • Nadal and Federer all set to renew great rivalry Jun 05, 2011 10:20 AM IST

    Nadal and Federer all set to renew great rivalry

    Rafa Nadal will equal Bjorn Borg's record of six French Open titles if he can lift the Coupe des Mousquetaires on Sunday but Roger Federer has his own holy grail to chase - beating the Spaniard at Roland Garros (1300 GMT).

  • Nadal and Djokovic plan early celebrations Jun 03, 2011 07:51 AM IST

    Nadal and Djokovic plan early celebrations

    Champion Rafa Nadal hopes to celebrate his birthday by beating Andy Murray in the French Open semi-finals on Friday before Novak Djokovic bids to wrap up the world number one spot against Roger Federer.

  • Nadal back to his best in nick of time Jun 02, 2011 08:17 AM IST

    Nadal back to his best in nick of time

    Defending champion Rafa Nadal cranked up his bid for a record-equalling sixth French Open title by routing Robin Soderling in Wednesday's quarter-final then changing his mind about whether he could triumph again.

  • Nadal and Murray find their groove in Paris Jun 02, 2011 07:24 AM IST

    Nadal and Murray find their groove in Paris

    Champion Rafa Nadal cut loose after a shaky French Open start to batter Robin Soderling 6-4 6-1 7-6 and Andy Murray again tried to tie himself in knots before easily sealing his semi-final spot on Wednesday.

  • Soderling to test Nadal in final repeat Jun 01, 2011 08:11 AM IST

    Soderling to test Nadal in final repeat

    Defending champion Rafa Nadal faces the only man to have beaten him at the French Open on Wednesday when Robin Soderling will have his 2009 triumph but also last year's final defeat rattling in his mind.

  • Nadal: I'm not playing well enough to win May 31, 2011 08:00 AM IST

    Nadal: I'm not playing well enough to win

    Rafa Nadal said he was not playing well enough to lift the title despite breezing past Ivan Ljubicic in their fourth-round match on Monday.

  • Nadal calls for two-year rolling ranking system May 29, 2011 09:46 AM IST

    Nadal calls for two-year rolling ranking system

    World number one Rafa Nadal called on tennis authorities to enforce a two-year rolling ranking system to preserve the health of players.

  • Nadal and Clijsters enjoy contrasting wins May 25, 2011 08:11 AM IST

    Nadal and Clijsters enjoy contrasting wins

    Rafa Nadal suffered a severe fright before punching the air with both fists in joy as he began his French Open defence on Tuesday with a dogged win over John Isner, while fit-again Kim Clijsters sauntered through her first match.

  • Djokovic will be feeling invincible, says Becker May 23, 2011 08:16 AM IST

    Djokovic will be feeling invincible, says Becker

    Novak Djokovic will begin his French Open quest feeling invincible on Monday, according to former world number one Boris Becker.

  • Nadal is 'everywhere at the same time', bemoans Ferrer Apr 18, 2011 08:11 AM IST

    Nadal is 'everywhere at the same time', bemoans Ferrer

    Injury might be the only hope of anyone taking Rafa Nadal's Monte Carlo Masters crown after the Spaniard wrapped up a seventh title in a row on the Cote d'Azur, beaten finalist David Ferrer said on Sunday.

  • Spain's Nadal and Ferrer reach Monte Carlo final Apr 17, 2011 02:00 PM IST

    Spain's Nadal and Ferrer reach Monte Carlo final

    Spaniards Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer will lock horns again in the Monte Carlo Masters final after the claycourt conquistadors sealed contrasting victories in their semi-finals on Saturday.

  • Unbeaten Djokovic says Rafa is 'definitely the best' Apr 04, 2011 09:42 AM IST

    Unbeaten Djokovic says Rafa is 'definitely the best'

    Nobody has been able to stop Novak Djokovic all year but the Serbian world number two, fresh from his latest triumph, said it is too soon to entertain any talk of him as the world's best.

  • Nadal keeps goals short-term after early season injury Mar 12, 2011 10:07 AM IST

    Nadal keeps goals short-term after early season injury

    Having suffered an ill-timed leg injury at the Australian Open in January, Rafa Nadal is reluctant to look too far ahead for the rest of this season.

  • Nadal fit for Davis Cup match against Belgium Feb 18, 2011 08:09 AM IST

    Nadal fit for Davis Cup match against Belgium

    World number one Rafa Nadal has recovered from the injury he picked up at the Australian Open and will represent Spain in their Davis Cup world group first-round match against Belgium next month.

  • End of an era? Let's talk in six months! says Federer Jan 28, 2011 08:17 AM IST

    End of an era? Let's talk in six months! says Federer

    Roger Federer reacted with disdain when asked if Thursday's Australian Open semi-final defeat by Serbia's Novak Djokovic signalled the end of an era in men's tennis.

  • Brutal Nadal, mean Murray march on in Melbourne Jan 25, 2011 08:21 AM IST

    Brutal Nadal, mean Murray march on in Melbourne

    Rafa Nadal shook off the sweats to savage Croatian Marin Cilic and reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on a Melbourne Monday evening as cool as the top seed was hot.

  • Fashion icon Rafa revels in added exposure Jan 25, 2011 08:21 AM IST

    Fashion icon Rafa revels in added exposure

    Rafa Nadal, who has followed David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo as the new face of Armani underwear and jeans, said on Monday he loved being a sex symbol.

  • Nadal faces biggest test yet against Cilic Jan 24, 2011 08:23 AM IST

    Nadal faces biggest test yet against Cilic

    Rafa Nadal, aiming for a fourth consecutive grand slam at Melbourne Park, faces his toughest challenge so far on Monday when he takes on Croatia's Marin Cilic in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

  • Nadal slaps down Tomic as Australian hopes die Jan 23, 2011 11:36 AM IST

    Nadal slaps down Tomic as Australian hopes die

    Rafa Nadal's quest to win four consecutive grand slam titles survived a feisty third-round challenge from teenager Bernard Tomic as record crowds flocked to the Australian Open in the hope of local success on Saturday.

  • Marauding Nadal blows away Sweeting at Melbourne Jan 20, 2011 10:00 AM IST

    Marauding Nadal blows away Sweeting at Melbourne

    Rocket-heeled Rafa Nadal's bid for a fourth consecutive grand slam gained pace on Thursday with a 6-2 6-1 6-1 demolition of hapless American qualifier Ryan Sweeting at the Australian Open.

  • Federer opens Melbourne defence haunted by Nadal bid Jan 17, 2011 08:26 AM IST

    Federer opens Melbourne defence haunted by Nadal bid

    Roger Federer launches the defence of his Australian Open title on Monday looking to continue his recent purple patch of form against Slovakian Lukas Lacko.

  • Players laugh it up to raise funds for flood victims Jan 16, 2011 12:31 PM IST

    Players laugh it up to raise funds for flood victims

    Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and other top tennis players hammed it up in exhibition matches on the eve of the Australian Open to raise money for victims of the country's devastating floods on Sunday.

  • Nadal the deserving favourite at Melbourne Park: Federer Jan 15, 2011 10:16 AM IST

    Nadal the deserving favourite at Melbourne Park: Federer

    Rafa Nadal's possession of three grand slams makes him the deserving favourite to win the Australian Open, arch-rival and defending champion Roger Federer said on Saturday.

  • Nadal flirts with greatness at Australian Open Jan 14, 2011 12:54 PM IST

    Nadal flirts with greatness at Australian Open

    There will be upsets, there will be drama, there will be cheers and there will be tears, but most eyes at the Australian Open will be on whether Rafa Nadal can succeed where so many great players before him have failed.

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