Latest Rafael Nadal News

Zverev beats Djokovic in 2 sets to win ATP Finals title

Nov. 18, 2018 5:10 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Despite beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the ATP Finals at only 21, Alexander Zverev knows keeping pace with the Serb isn't going to be easy. Zverev claimed the biggest title of his career with a 6-4, 6-3 upset on Sunday, becoming the youngest champion of the season-ending event...

Zverev's ATP Finals win vs. Federer tainted by ball boy flub

Nov. 17, 2018 5:53 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — After pulling off one of the biggest wins of his career, Alexander Zverev was left apologizing for an unforced error he didn't make. Zverev denied Roger Federer a shot at a 100th career title by beating the Swiss great 7-5, 7-6 (5) at the ATP Finals on Saturday to advance to the championship...

Djokovic: Exhibition in Saudi Arabia not happening this year

Nov. 9, 2018 1:45 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Novak Djokovic says an exhibition match against Rafael Nadal in Saudi Arabia has been called off because the Spaniard underwent ankle surgery. The top-ranked Djokovic told BBC Sports on Friday that "the match is not happening this year" because of Nadal's injury. Djokovic and Nadal had...

Djokovic back at No. 1; replaces Nadal, whose season is over

Nov. 5, 2018 1:59 PM EST

Novak Djokovic returned to No. 1 on Monday after a two-year absence and is assured of becoming the first man in the history of the ATP rankings to finish a season at the top spot after being outside the top 20 during that season. That's because the man he overtook, Rafael Nadal, is done for 2018. Nadal withdrew...

Nadal out of ATP Finals with abdominal injury, ankle surgery

Nov. 5, 2018 1:27 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Rafael Nadal pulled out of the season-ending ATP Finals because of an abdominal injury and had surgery on his right ankle Monday. Nadal announced on Twitter that he is done for the year, citing the stomach muscle issue that forced him to withdraw from last week's Paris Masters. He added that...

Khachanov stuns Djokovic to win his 1st Paris Masters title

Nov. 4, 2018 1:43 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Karen Khachanov upset a tired-looking Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 to win the Paris Masters title and deprive Djokovic of the chance on Sunday to match Rafael Nadal's record of 33 Masters titles. Djokovic, a record four-time champion at the indoor event, looked out of energy after an epic...

Djokovic's epic victory over Federer among the hardest wins

Nov. 3, 2018 6:35 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic's latest victory over Roger Federer was among the toughest and best in their epic rivalry, a 7-6 (6), 5-7, 7-6 (3) feast of attacking tennis which had the roaring crowd on their feet and remained in doubt until the very end. It finally ended, after three hours, when Djokovic...

Nadal pulls out of Paris Masters; will lose No. 1 ranking

Oct. 31, 2018 6:42 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Returning from one injury to play at the Paris Masters, Rafael Nadal pulled out with another one. This time it wasn't the troublesome right knee which had sidelined him since the U.S. Open semifinals in early September, but rather an abdominal injury which just crept up on him. Given his...

Djokovic beats Sousa in straight sets at Paris Masters

Oct. 31, 2018 1:20 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic began his bid for a record-extending fifth Paris Masters title with a 7-5, 6-1 win against Joao Sousa in the second round on Tuesday, and lent a helping hand to a spectator in the process. Serving for the match at 5-1, Djokovic handed a towel to a man in the crowd who seemed...

Federer turned down an invitation to play Saudi tennis event

Oct. 30, 2018 2:36 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Roger Federer turned down an invitation to play in a planned exhibition match in Saudi Arabia in December which his rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have committed to play in. Saudi Arabia is under growing pressure from the international community following the killing of Saudi writer...