Latest Rafael Nadal News

Djokovic responds to Alcaraz loss ahead of French Open

May. 15, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — That loss to Carlos Alcaraz seems to have motivated Novak Djokovic to step up his game. Just in time, too. A week after his defeat to the 19-year-old Alcaraz in Madrid, Djokovic won the Italian Open without dropping a set on Sunday for his first title of...

Nadal bounces back from loss to Alcaraz, beats Isner in Rome

May. 11, 2022 15:25 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Once is enough when it comes to beating Rafael Nadal on a clay court. Throughout his career, Nadal has never lost consecutive matches on his favorite surface and the Spaniard extended that perfect record on Wednesday by beating John Isner 6-3, 6-1 to reach the third...

Isner confident despite tall task vs. Nadal at Italian Open

May. 10, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — At 37, John Isner is just happy to be back on tour in Europe with his wife and three kids. No longer dreaming of a Grand Slam title, he’s trying to make the back end of his tennis career not seem “like such a job” and make it “fun.” Yet...

Impressive Alcaraz wins in Madrid for 4th title of the year

May. 08, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — When Carlos Alcaraz played in his first Madrid Open as an 18-year-old, his goal was to gain experience and learn from the top players. Only a year later, Alcaraz already feels he belongs among the best. The Spanish teenage sensation capped another...

Red-hot Alcaraz beats Djokovic to reach Madrid Open final

May. 07, 2022 19:48 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal one day. Novak Djokovic the next. The list of victims of Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz keeps growing. And so does the hype over tennis’ newest sensation. After defeating his idol Nadal in the quarterfinals on Friday,...

Murray withdraws before match against Djokovic in Madrid

May. 05, 2022 09:36 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Andy Murray withdrew from his showdown against Novak Djokovic at the Madrid Open on Thursday because of a stomach illness. The announcement came not long before Murray was scheduled to take the court against the top-ranked Djokovic in the third round. ...

Nadal returns from injury with straight-set win in Madrid

May. 04, 2022 19:03 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal got off to a good start in his return from injury, defeating Miomir Kecmanovic in two sets to reach the third round at the Madrid Open on Wednesday. Nadal showed few signs of rustiness in his 6-1, 7-6 (4) opening win at home. He cruised in the first set...

Djokovic tops Monfils in Madrid in his 'best' match of year

May. 03, 2022 19:03 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Novak Djokovic feels like the hard work is starting to pay off. Trying to regain his best form after a slow start to the season, Djokovic looked sharp in his opener at the Madrid Open on Tuesday, defeating Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2 to advance to a third-round match...

2-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson retires at age 35

May. 03, 2022 11:26 AM EDT

Two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson announced his retirement from professional tennis on Tuesday at age 35. The 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) South African was the runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the U.S. Open in 2017 — No. 32 at the time, Anderson was the lowest-ranked finalist in...

Nadal, Djokovic slam Wimbledon ban on Russian players

May. 01, 2022 19:06 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic criticized Wimbledon's decision to exclude players from Russia and Belarus from taking part in this year’s tournament following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The two tennis greats said Sunday that Wimbledon had acted unfairly. ...