March 11, 2012 |
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.
September 4, 2013 |
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.
February 17, 2013 |
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.
June 21, 2013 |
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.
April 2, 2010 |
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.
January 31, 2009 |
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."