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Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal Is Now Your Helicopter Pilot

The Huffington Post | Thomas McKenna | Posted 09.19.2014 | Sports

Rafael Nadal is an expert on clay and can be dominant on just about any surface. In the air? Not so much. Sidelined since July with an ailing wrist...

The Possible End Of Tennis' Big Four

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 09.09.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Since 2004, 44 Grand Slam titles have been played on the men's professional tennis circuit. Of those, 39 were won by a group of four men — Roger Fed...

On the Culture Front: Tennis Without Humidity (and Other Wonders in Palm Springs)

Chris Kompanek | Posted 09.03.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

As the US Open rages on through insane humidity, I'm reminded of a weekend I spend last year at the BNP Paribas Open, in lovely (and dry) Palm Springs...

My GOAT Match

Thaddeus McCarthy | Posted 08.26.2014 | Sports
Thaddeus McCarthy

With the U.S. Open beginning this week, and all the online tennis chatter being about Federer's chances, I thought I would do a bit of a change and write today about a topic everyone loves discussing.

Tennis World Would Benefit from a Federer Victory in New York

Jaime Heilbron | Posted 08.25.2014 | Sports
Jaime Heilbron

With the U.S. Open set to begin Monday, it opens yet another chapter in one of the most compelling storylines of the tennis summer. That is, of course, the resurgence of Roger Federer to place himself once again among the top contenders in the sport.

Defending Champ Rafael Nadal Pulls Out Of U.S. Open

AP | HOWARD FENDRICH | Posted 08.18.2014 | Sports

Reigning champion Rafael Nadal pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an injury for the second time in three years Monday, leaving Novak Djokovic and ...

Jordan Schultz

These Famous Athletes Rely On Sleep For Peak Performance

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Schultz | Posted 08.14.2014 | Sports

For professional athletes, exercise, diet and training are crucial to maximizing their abilities. But in recent years, more and more athletes have bee...

Another Injury Sidelines Nadal

AP | HOWARD FENDRICH | Posted 07.31.2014 | Sports

Rafael Nadal withdrew Wednesday from U.S. Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting in doubt his status for a ti...

The Upcoming American Hard Court Swing

Thaddeus McCarthy | Posted 07.28.2014 | Sports
Thaddeus McCarthy

In terms of points to defend, Nadal has by far the most. There is a lot of doubt though, that he will be able to repeat his effort this year with what he did last year.

After Beating Nadal at Wimbledon, Is 19-Year-Old Nick Kyrgios the Next Big Thing?

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.15.2014 | Sports
Ishan Puri

Although Kyrgious was pushed out by Raonic with a respectable 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 in the quarterfinals on July 2, his second Wimbeldon showing proves that he is a young force to be reckoned with.

Teenager Stuns Nadal At Wimbledon

AP | Posted 08.31.2014 | Sports

LONDON (AP) — Two-time champion Rafael Nadal lost in the fourth round of Wimbledon to 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios of Australia 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6...

The Mysterious Makings of a Winning Team

Linda Flanagan | Posted 08.19.2014 | Sports
Linda Flanagan

What makes for a championship team? If you think you'll find the answer from the athletes themselves, you'll likely be disappointed. It's the rare a...

PHOTO: The Perfect Rafael Nadal Statue

The Huffington Post | Michael Klopman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Sports

It might be impossible to make a more perfect statue of Rafael Nadal than the one Nike had made. According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, Nike had a statue ...

9 Things to Know About Rafael Nadal When It Comes To His 9 French Open Titles

Richard-John Mensing, Jr. | Posted 08.10.2014 | Sports
Richard-John Mensing, Jr.

To understand Rafael Nadal it is important to understand that clay -- especially the kind made from crushed red brick -- could very well be part of his DNA. Here are some facts that may help to support this idea even further.

What Nadal's Ninth French Open Win Means

Thaddeus McCarthy | Posted 08.09.2014 | Sports
Thaddeus McCarthy

The tennis world at this time is certainly one to enjoy. The Djokovic-Nadal rivalry and the Federer-Nadal one (both of which are sadly on the back stretches) have just been magnificent to watch and admire.

Nadal Wins Historic 9th French Open Title

AP | CHRIS LEHOURITES | Posted 08.08.2014 | Sports

PARIS (AP) -- At the French Open, there's just no one better than Rafael Nadal. The "King of Clay" proved that again on Sunday, winning the title a...

Nadal And Djokovic To Meet Again In French Open Final

AP | CHRIS LEHOURITES | Posted 06.06.2014 | Sports

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal is going for No. 9 at the French Open, and the only man that can stop him is Novak Djokovic. Nadal is alrea...

Nadal 'Feeling The Pain' As He Extends French Open Win Streak

AP | HOWARD FENDRICH | Posted 05.31.2014 | Sports

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal's back is giving him more trouble than his opponents so far at the French Open. After pushing his winning s...

Nadal Advances At French Open

AP | JEROME PUGMIRE | Posted 07.29.2014 | Sports

PARIS (AP) -- Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal advanced to the third round of the French Open on Thursday with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win against Dominic Thi...

ESPN Tweets Wrong Australian Open Winner

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 01.26.2014 | Sports

Dewey Beat Wawrinka! ESPN's @SportsCenter Twitter account incorrectly proclaimed Rafael Nadal the winner of the Australian Open final on Sunday. Ju...

Nadal Stunned In Australian Open Final

AP | By JOHN PYE | Posted 03.28.2014 | Sports

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Stan Wawrinka added a win over Rafael Nadal to his list of firsts in a stunning run to his maiden Grand Slam title, exte...

Nadal Dominates

AP | By JOHN PYE | Posted 03.26.2014 | Sports

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal continued his dominant streak over Roger Federer to reach the Australian Open final for the third time, bea...

Rafa Avoids Upset

AP | DENNIS PASSA | Posted 01.25.2014 | Sports

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal avoided the top player exodus that claimed two-time defending women's champion Victoria Azarenka in the pre...

Desert Tribesmen, Jellyfish and Rafael Nadal: The Week In Photos

Posted 01.23.2014 | World

Nothing quite compares to the power of a photograph to communicate the goings on in the world, captured in the thick of things. Ranging from the serio...

How Rafael Nadal Pranked Andy Murray

Posted 11.15.2013 | Sports

Rafael Nadal may not be as serious as appears on the court. During his appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show in London last week, Andy Murray recounted...