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Nadal beats Nishikori to win 11th Monte Carlo Masters title

Rafael Nadal romped to a record 11th Monte Carlo Masters title by brushing aside Kei Nishikori in Sunday's final to retain the world number one ranking. The 31-year-old saw off Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 to become the first man to win a tournament 11 times in the Open era with his 76th ATP Tour triumph. Nadal's 31st Masters title is also an outright record, pulling him out of a tie with Novak Djokovic. The 16-time Grand Slam champion's era of utter dominance on clay looks unlikely to end any time soon after Nadal took his…

Nadal brushes aside Dimitrov to reach 12th Monte Carlo final

MONTE CARLO: World number one Rafael Nadal swept aside Grigor Dimitrov to ease into his 12th Monte Carlo Masters final with a 6-4, 6-1 victory on Saturday. The 31-year-old, who needs to win an 11th Monaco title to retain the number one ranking ahead of Roger Federer, will face either Kei Nishikori or Alexander Zverev in Sunday's final. Nadal came through a tight first set but always looked too strong for Dimitrov and raced through the second in less than half an hour. The top seed is bidding for a record-extending…

France, Croatia reach Davis Cup semis, Nadal keeps Spain alive

Holders France reached the semi-finals of the Davis Cup for a third year in a row after Lucas Pouille came back to beat Fabio Fognini 2-6 6-1 7-6(3) 6-3 in Genoa on Sunday and clinch their tie with Italy 3-1. Croatia also made it into the last four as Australian Open runner-up Marin Cilic crushed Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1 6-1 6-1 to seal their tie 3-1. Croatia will meet the United States in the semis in September following Jack Sock and Ryan Harrison’s doubles win against Belgium’s Sander Gille and Joran…

Nadal out of season-opening Abu Dhabi event

Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from next week’s season-opening exhibition event in Abu Dhabi due to ongoing fitness problems, the world number one has said. The 16-time grand slam champion, who won the French and U.S. Opens earlier this year, withdrew from the ATP Finals in November after struggling with a knee injury during his round-robin defeat by Belgian David Goffin. Read More: Spaniards Nadal, Muguruza named ITF world champions The 31-year-old Spaniard, who has previously played at the tournament on eight occasions,…

Spaniards Nadal, Muguruza named ITF world champions

LONDON: Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza were named as the International Tennis Federation (ITF) world champions on Friday - the first time in 19 years the awards have gone to players from the same country. Nadal, who claimed the honor for the third time, made a sensational comeback from an injury-plagued 2016, winning a 10th French Open title and the U.S. Open to take his grand slam haul to 16, three behind Roger Federer who also won two of the year’s majors after returning from injury. Read More: Nadal seals…

Nadal overpowers Daniel at US Open

NEW YORK: World number one Rafa Nadal came from behind to dispatch underdog Taro Daniel of Japan 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 in front of a sold-out crowd at the US Open on Thursday. Despite playing a marathon five-setter the day before, 121st ranked Daniel looked the fresher of the pair at the outset of the match, breaking Nadal to take a 5-4 advantage when the Spaniard dumped a forehand into the net. He eventually won the set and appeared poised to deliver a massive upset. But Nadal soon found the accuracy that had eluded him in…

Federer escapes in five-set US Open thriller

NEW YORK: Roger Federer survived a five-set battle to defeat American teenager Frances Tiafoe and reach the US Open second round on Tuesday, keeping his bid for a record sixth New York title alive. The 36-year-old Swiss, chasing his third major of the year and 20th of his career, prevailed 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 to avoid losing in the first round of a Slam for the first time since the 2003 French Open. The fast and furious duel under the roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium was one of only nine matches to be completed as…

Nadal must beware Luxembourg lefty Muller

LONDON: Rafael Nadal needs no reminder of the dangers posed by left-handers from Luxembourg -- after all his first taste of defeat on Wimbledon's lawns was against one such player. Twelve years on and that same man, Gilles Muller, could ambush Nadal's attempt to land a third title. As Wimbledon swings into its second week Nadal is looking supreme, but 34-year-old grasscourt specialist Muller represents an altogether different challenge with his old-school serve-and-volley style that so bamboozled the Spaniard 12 years…

Nadal reclaims throne with brutal defeat of Wawrinka

PARIS: Claycourt king Rafa Nadal regained his Roland Garros throne after two years in exile with a brutal 6-2 6-3 6-1 mauling of Swiss Stan Wawrinka to complete 'La Decima' on Sunday. Rewinding the clock to the days when he was untouchable on the crushed brick dust, the 31-year-old turned 2015 champion Wawrinka into a human punch bag, winning in just over two hours. This title, a record 10th at a single grand slam in the professional era, was arguably the most impressive of his 15 majors, though, as it arrived three…