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December 28, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Rafael Nadal's comeback has been put on hold for a few more weeks -- or perhaps, a couple of months -- following his withdrawal from the Australian Open. But it is not the troublesome left knee preventing him from playing in Melbourne. The Spanish tennis star issued a statement on Friday saying a stomach virus had disrupted his preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year. The event starts Jan. 14. Nadal has been out of action since a second-round loss at Wimbledon in June because of tendinitis in the knee.
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March 11, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
A sport that needs every bit of personality it can get held its breath for a few minutes Tuesday at Indian Wells. One of tennis' marquee names had departed from the BNP Paribas Open the day before, and out the door with upset victim Rafael Nadal went lots of star quality. FOR THE RECORD: Tennis: An article on the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in the March 12 Sports section said that Novak Djokovic defeated Alejandro Gonzalez, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1, on Tuesday. The score was 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. It's not a ticket-selling thing.
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July 9, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
  Fresh-faced Josh Berry has done his homework. His tennis homework, that is. The youtube.com sensation has extensively studied tennis stars, from the likes of Andy Murray, the now-retired Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic and, of course, Rafael Nadal. His biggest test came when the French racket company Babolat put him with the Spanish tennis legend and had Nadal judge his impersonations. Nadal, looking slightly sheepish, was a good sport. You can judge the video yourself.
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March 10, 2014 | By Bill Dwyre
Monday was a good day for weather and a bad day for defending champions in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Hours before men's 2013 champion Rafael Nadal was upset, 2013 women's champion Maria Sharapova went out at the hands of a qualifier from Italy. Camila Giorgi, a 22-year-old ranked No. 93 at the end of last season who has yet to reach a tournament quarterfinal, stunned Sharapova with solid ground strokes and a steady will and won, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. Sharapova, a Russian by way of Manhattan Beach, had been seeded fourth.
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March 11, 2012 | By Bill Dwyre
Two of the top contenders for the men's singles title at the BNP Paribas Open advanced with ease in early play Sunday, on another day when this Indian Wells Tournament sold all the tickets it is allowed to by local parking authorities. That would be 32,000. The winners were Juan Martin del Potro, seeded ninth, and Rafael Nadal, seeded second. Del Potro, the Argentine who stunned Roger Federerin the 2009 U.S. Open final and then faded from the scene for a bit with injuries and slipped all the way to No. 90, beat Marinko Matosevic of Australia, 7-5, 6-2. Nadal, 10-time Grand Slam champion and two-time winner here, ousted Leonardo Mayer of Argentina, 6-1, 6-3. Were the seedings to hold to form, Del Potro would meet No. 3 Federer in the quarterfinals and that winner would face Nadal in a semifinal.
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September 4, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK --  Second-seeded Rafael Nadal allowed the man who beat Roger Federer only five points in the first set and went on to win his U.S. Open quarterfinal match over fellow Spaniard and the 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo, 6-0, 6-2, 6-2, in 1 hour 40 minutes Wednesday night on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Nadal, who hasn't had his serve broken in this tournament, pounded Robredo from the beginning. The 27-year-old Nadal, who is playing without tape on his chronically sore knees, seems to be moving more freely than he has in two years and from the first point he hit his groundstrokes deep and into all the corners and on the lines.
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June 21, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
The controversial decision to seed two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal at No. 5 in this year's tournament means that he could face seven-time winner Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, a possibility that arose Friday when the tournament draw was announced showing both in the same half of the men's bracket. Nadal, the eight-time French Open champion whose ranking fell because he took seven months off to heal a knee injury, has met Federer in three Wimbledon finals. They have never played each other before the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament.
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February 17, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Rafael Nadal's comeback now includes a victory in the Brazil Open. When last we saw a healthy Nadal, he was carving up the competition, as per usual, on the clay courts of Roland Garros for his seventh French Open title in June. Since then, the former top-ranked Spaniard has struggled through injury and illness. On Sunday, the 26-year-old now ranked No. 5 in the world routed No. 93 David Nalbandian of Argentina, 6-2, 6-3, to claim his 51st singles title on Sunday in Sao Paolo.
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April 2, 2010 | Wire reports
A decision to begin charging to the net paid off for Andy Roddick on Friday as he rallied to beat Rafael Nadal , 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, in their semifinal at the Sony Ericsson Open at Key Biscayne, Fla. Once Roddick fell behind, he became more aggressive, even following his second serve to the net on occasions. The momentum turned when he won the last 11 points of the second set, including a 143-mph serve — fastest of the tournament — for a winner on the final point to even the match.
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January 31, 2009 | Diane Pucin
The chase for history is compelling on its own. With a win Sunday over Rafael Nadal in the final of the Australian Open, Roger Federer would tie Pete Sampras as the top winner of major tennis tournaments with 14. That will add to the argument that Federer is the greatest tennis player ever, a designation Rod Laver, whose name is on the stadium court here, said would not be wrong. "We'll have those arguments forever," Laver said. "But Roger's name is there."
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March 8, 2014 | By Art Spander
The old guy, Father Time, will triumph in the end. He always does. But for the moment Roger Federer is holding serve against him, which in a sport primarily of the young is no small achievement. Federer has come to terms with reality. "If I can't play for No. 1," he said three days ago, "I'll play for winning titles. " He won his 78th, third best all-time behind Jimmy Connors' 109 and Ivan Lendl's 94, a week ago at Dubai. And Saturday on an 83-degree afternoon at Indian Wells he made a start toward another, defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu, 6-2, 7-6 (3)
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March 4, 2014 | By Bill Dwyre
If you are heading to the desert for some tennis viewing over the next 12 days, get ready for more of the same. In the case of the prestigious BNP Paribas Open, that's not a bad thing. There will be some radical differences in the physical plant, where there has been an estimated $70 million in improvements, including a new enclosed Stadium 2, plus palm trees and walkways and shady areas galore. This event, designated by the pro tours as the next notch below the four majors and bringing near-mandatory participation, has generally taken the approach of sparing no expense to get better.
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January 9, 2014 | Staff and wire reports
The attorney for a woman who accused star Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault said Thursday that she intends to sue the school, the Tallahassee Police Department and the player himself. Also Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott's office released letters written to him in December by the accuser and her mother, imploring him to reconsider opening an investigation into the case. Florida State, the Tallahassee Police Department and an attorney for Winston couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
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January 4, 2014 | Wire reports
Rafael Nadal opened his 2014 campaign by winning his first title of the year, defeating Gael Monfils , 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2 at the Qatar Open tennis tournament on Saturday. Nadal showed why he's the top player in the world throughout the week. Although he wasn't in top form in his first event of the season, he battled to win his 61st career title, one shy of Guillermo Vilas' total, seventh on the all-time Open era list. "I think I played my best match of the season -- of the tournament -- today," Nadal said after the exciting, two-hour final.
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November 9, 2013 | Wire reports
Roger Federer fought back to reach the semifinals in the ATP World Tour Finals in London. On the back of a poor season, the 17-time Grand Slam winner overcame a 3-0 deficit in the third set to beat Juan Martin del Potro, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5, to reach the semifinals for the 11th time. The Swiss earned a chance to prove that - despite his aging legs, aching back and recent lack of consistency - he can still beat rival Rafael Nadal, his semifinal opponent. "I just have to have the right mind-set to give it one last go, maybe play with a little less pressure than I have in previous matches with him," Federer said.
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November 8, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Rafael Nadal kept his Spanish compatriot, David Ferrer , out of the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals on Friday by holding off Tomas Berdych , 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, to finish the round-robin portion of the competition at London undefeated and top Group A. Nadal won despite having clinched his own place in the semifinals Thursday. Stanislas Wawrinka beat Ferrer, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-1, but needed Nadal to win to advance. Defending champion Novak Djokovic , who topped Group B, is already in the semifinals.
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April 28, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
Rafael Nadal won the Barcelona Open for the eighth time Sunday, defeating Nicolas Almagro, 6-4, 6-3, in Spain for his fourth title of the year. This latest victory, with next month's French Open approaching, is a promising sign that Nadal is getting back to full strength from a knee injury that sidelined him since last summer "I am very happy," he said. "It has been an important week for me to win here again and a great source of joy after everything I have been through. " Nadal has made six straight finals since returning from his knee injury.
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December 25, 2012 | Wire reports
Rafael Nadal's return to competitive tennis has been delayed by a stomach virus. The Spaniard was scheduled to play in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Thursday after missing seven months because of tendinitis in his left knee. But he said on his Facebook page Tuesday that his doctors ordered him to pull out when he was running a fever, telling him his body needed rest. "My rehab has gone well, my knee feels good and I was looking forward to competing," he said.
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November 7, 2013 | Wire reports
After nearly a year of global travel and dozens of matches, most of Novak Djokovic's rivals are complaining about their mental and physical fatigue. Not the Serb. He thrives in the rigors of a tough autumn finish. Unbeaten since losing the U.S. Open final to Rafael Nadal , Djokovic joined Nadal in the ATP World Tour Finals semifinals at London, overcoming Juan Martin del Potro on Thursday. After extending his winning streak to 19 matches with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over the hard-hitting Argentine, Djokovic said he was playing the best tennis of his season.
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