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The 2019 Australian Open is over. Naomi Osaka won the women’s title for the first time yesterday and Novak Djokovic is the men’s champion for the seventh time. Djokovic has his eyes on Roger Federer’s haul of 20 majors now. I’ll leave you with a report of his win over Rafael Nadal today. Thanks for reading and emailing over the past fortnight. See you at the French Open! Bye. Djokovic kisses the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup following his victory against Rafael Nadal. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images. Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal to win his seventh Australian Open title. Read more.

Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera (Catalan: [rəf(ə)ˈɛl nəˈðal pəˈɾeɾə], Spanish: [rafaˈel naˈðal paˈɾeɾa]; born 3 June 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player, currently ranked world No. 2 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Nadal has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, the second most in history for a male player, as well as a record 34 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 20 ATP Tour 500 titles, and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles. In addition, Nadal has held the

Rafael Nadal made quick work of 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open semifinal Thursday, cruising to a 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 to earn his fifth trip to the finals in Melbourne. Nadal hit 28 winners and never faced a break point until the final game in dispatching the Greek phenom in one hour, 46 minutes on a sweltering night. "It was a great match, and it's been a great tournament," said Nadal, who won the Open in 2009. "I've played well every day. After a lot of months without playing, it's probably this court, this crowd, that is giving me that unbelieva

MELBOURNE, Australia — Rafael Nadal beat Matthew Ebden, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, to move to No. 3 on the list of match wins at the Australian Open in the professional era, and extended his record of never losing a second-round match at Melbourne Park. The win improved 2009 champion Nadal’s win-loss record to 57-12 at the Australian Open, surpassing Stefan Edberg’s mark of 56 wins. Six-time champions Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic hold the top two spots on that list. Defending champion Federer recorded his 96th win earlier Wednesday and top-ranked Djokovic had 62 after his first-round win. Buoyed by a

Rafael Nadal schools 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas in Australian Open semifinals. Sandra Harwitt, Special to USA TODAY Sports Published 6:54 a.m. ET Jan. 24, 2019 | Updated 6:44 p.m. ET Jan. 24, 2019. CONNECTTWEET LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. MELBOURNE — Twenty-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, the newest sensation in men’s tennis, discovered in the Australian Open semifinals that youth can only take you so far.  Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas during their men's singles semifinal match at the Australian Open. (Photo: Paul Crock, AFP/Getty Images). “It’s been a great match, a great tournament,” Nadal said. “I think I’ve played well every day. It feels good, really good to start the season like this. I feel really, really well.”

Spain’s Rafael Nadal is headed to the finals after a decisive victory over Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in their semifinal at the Australian Open. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila). Rafael Nadal is headed to the Australian Open finals. Nadal continued to brush back the younger generation of tennis players with his decisive victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas on Thursday. Nadal gave a commanding performance, beating Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-4, 6-0.

RAFAEL NADAL says he is not sure of the full extent of the injury that forced him to retire from the Australian Open against Marin Cilic.  Nadal had won the first and third sets against Cilic but required treatment on an apparent thigh injury during the fourth and having been broken in the decider, retired while trailing 2-0. The Spaniard has been battling a right knee injury for the last two months but this appears to be a fresh problem with the same leg. “It is difficult to know exactly what it is now,” Nadal said. “It is difficult to know exactly the muscle. Just happened minutes ago. GETTY. Rafael Nadal was twice treated for a leg injury.

Rafael Nadal on the way to beating American Frances Tiafoe. Credit:AAP. Rafael Nadal defeats Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. World No.2 Rafael Nadal has reached the semi-finals of a major for the 30th time, destroying unseeded American Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in a one-sided Australian Open quarter-final. The 17-time major winner has booked a final four showdown with Greek surprise packet Stefanos Tsitispas, the 20-year-old 14th seed who has surged to the business end of the tournament.

Rafael Nadal set up a much-anticipated Australian Open final against old rival Roger Federer with an epic, five-set semi-final win over Grigor Dimitrov. The Spaniard won 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 in almost five hours to reach a first Grand Slam final since 2014. Dimitrov's wait to reach a maiden Slam final continues after Nadal, 30, inflicted his first defeat of the year. Nadal, who is attempting to win a 15th major title, will face Swiss rival Federer, 35, in Melbourne on Sunday. "I never dreamed to be back in the final of the Australian Open," said Nadal. "It is a v

Rafael Nadal receives treatment from a trainer during his quarterfinal against Marin Cilic at the Australian Open. Nadal retired in the fifth set. AP Photo/Dita Alangkara. Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, will next play No. 49-ranked Kyle Edmund , who beat No. 3-ranked Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time. Nadal limped into a news conference about a half-hour later, still wincing when he stepped up onto a platform. He said he felt muscle pain in his upper right leg in the third set but played through it. In the fourth set, chasing a drop shot,

Rafael Nadal was forced to retire in the fifth set from his quarterfinals match against Marin Cilic on Tuesday due to a right leg injury. After three hours and 47 minutes, No. 6-seed Cilic won the match 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2, 2-0 (ret.) over Nadal, who called it quits after struggling with discomfort in his leg in the fourth set. Nadal took a medical timeout trailing 1-4 the fourth set and a trainer treated his right leg and upper thigh. The Spaniard returned to the match but was visibly hampered by the injury.  Tuesday's retirement marks only the second time Nadal has retired in 264 Grand Slam matches—the last time was also at the Australian Open, against Andy Murray in the quarterfinals in 2010. In his post-match press conference, Nadal said that the injury was not to his hip but an upper thigh muscle that he could not exactly locate. He said he will get an MRI on the area tomorrow.

Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas’ Australian Open press conference morphed into a therapy session as he tried to pick up the pieces from his devastating dismantling at the hands of Rafael Nadal on Thursday night.  Stefanos Tsitsipas was a broken man following his loss to Rafael Nadal. Broken star Stefanos Tsitsipas’ press conference became a therapy session with one veteran reporter cutting in to try and console the 20-year-old.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal grimaces as he walks on court while preparing to serve to Croatia’s Marin Cilic during their men’s singles quarterfinals match on day nine of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan. 23, 2018. By John Pye | The Associated Press.  Five-time Australian Open finalist Andy Murray withdrew so he could have surgery on his hip. Nadal (right knee), six-time champion Novak Djokovic (right elbow) and 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka (left knee) left their fitness decisions to the eve of the tournament — it’s no surprise they are all out of the tournament. There are limits to human endurance, and Nadal found his on Tuesday. “Somebody who is running the tour should think (a) little bit about what’s going on. Too many people getting injured,” said Nadal, who was still limping and grimacing at a post-match news conference.

World number one Rafael Nadal retired hurt in the fifth set of an enthralling quarter-final against Marin Cilic at the Australian Open. The top seed was in visible pain on court and Cilic of Croatia will now face British number two Kyle Edmund in the semi-finals following his 3-6 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 2-0 victory. It was only the second time in 264 Grand Slam matches that Spaniard Nadal has retired - the last being against Briton Andy Murray in the quarter-finals of the 2010 Australian Open. Speaking following the match, Nadal said he would provide an update on his injury after an MRI scan on Wedn

A ball girl at the Australian Open showed lightning-quick reflexes to dodge a powerful backhand from Rafael Nadal in his second round game on Wednesday. The Spanish star apologized to the girl after making sure she was unhurt. In the third set of his match against Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer, the Spaniard misdirected a return of serve, firing it at the ball girl, who was standing next to the umpire’s chair.  The quick-thinking youngster laughed off the episode, however, before returning to her position on the court. It was the second time the umpire’s chair had come under fire in the match, with Mayer also smashing the ball straight at the main official moments earlier. READ MORE: Belarusian tennis player mocked at Australian Open over on-court screams (VIDEO).

Rafael Nadal's winning match against Diego Schwartzman in the forth round of the Australian Open 2018, here are the highlights. Rafael Nadal v Marin Čilić match highlights (QF) | Australian Open 2018Australian Open TV. 4 meses atrás. Match highlights from Marin Čilić's incredible upset over Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open 2018 men's quarterfinals. Rafael Nadal v Damir Dzumhur match highlights (3R) | Australian Open 2018Australian Open TV. 4 meses atrás. Rafael Nadal's victory against Damir Dzumhur putting him into the fourth round of the Australian Open 2018. Rafael Nad

MORE: Australian Open: Imperious Rafael Nadal admits pre-Melbourne doubts |. "Honestly, I have no idea what I can take from that match," Tsitsipas told a news conference after the 6-2 6-4 6-0 drubbing. "It's not that I was even close to get to something. I only got six games from that match. "I don't know, I feel very strange. I feel happy with my performance in this tournament but, at the same time, I feel disappointed. "I feel like I could do a bit better today, but it's a very, very weird feeling.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play episode XXXV of one of the greatest sagas ever witnessed in tennis history.  Rafael Nadal (L) and Roger Federer have shaped a generation of tennis players. AP. The divided house will pray in unison, bringing the roof down with their cries of gratitude. The powers of tennis have turned benevolent, producing a nearly improbable reunion for Federer and Nadal in their ninth grand slam final. It may seem a long time ago, but it was only the previous decade when the two giants dominated the world of tennis. As they drank heavily from the grand slam goblet, Federer and Nadal left fans drunk and drenched in the sea of their brilliance. As they went about amassing a bagful of t

Australian Open – Follow the Tennis match between Frances Tiafoe and Rafael Nadal live with Eurosport. The match starts at 09:00 on 22 January 2019. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen. Head-to-head: see historical stats and visit our detailed profiles for Frances Tiafoe vs Rafael Nadal. Get all the latest on Tennis: fixtures, results and tables. 30.

Through a press release, the Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley gave an important update on Rafael Nadal's physical condition. The Spaniard is back to practice this week in Manacor and should be back to compete at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi and then Brisbane prior to the first calendar Grand Slam of the year.  We have a new ‘Player Pod’ – a massive new four-storey structure beside Rod Laver Arena – and we can’t wait to unveil it in 2019. Everything from new locker rooms, restaurants and lounges, medical, treatment and training facilities have been designed with the players’ comfort and convenience in mind.' Nadal reached the quarter-finals at this year's Australian Open retiring during the fifth set against Marin Cilic. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title. Today's most popular.

Melbourne: Second seed Rafael Nadal demolished Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets on Thursday to advance to the Australian Open final. This is the fifth time Nadal has reached the final of the first Grand Slam of the year, after his victory in 2009 and his losing appearances in 2012, 2014 and 2017, reports Efe news. The 20-year-old Greek player tested Nadal in the opening games of the first set as he continued with the form that saw him secure stunning victories over Switzerland's third seed Roger Federer and Spain's Roberto Bautista in the Round of 16 and quarterfin

After incredible 2017 Australian Open final, Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal in 5 sets to win his 18th career grand slam and also became the second only player to have cross the $100 million mark in career prize money. Federer started stronger and looked in good shape winning the first set, Nadal came roaring back in the second set but it was Federer who prevailed in the end. It was amazing night of tennis in Melbourne Australia, although not one of the best matches between the two it will certainly be memorable for one way or the other. We are highly unlikely to see both of these playing

Djokovic vs Nadal key points. Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal in the 2019 Australian Open final. The Serb triumphs in two hours, six minutes: 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. The No 1 faces now has a 28-25 record over the world No 2. Djokovic now moves ahead of Roger Federer with the most Australian Open titles (7). It is Djokovic's 15th Grand Slam, two behind Nadal and five behind Federer's record (20). It sets up Djokovic to hold all four Slams at simultaneously should he win the French Open. Show latest update. 2019-01-27T08:16:46.216Z. Good morning and welcome to The Independent's live cove

Melbourne: If Rafael Nadal wanted a fitness test in the first week, he got one in his almost four-hour, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 win over Diego Schwartzman. After embracing at the net, his spot in a 10th Australian Open quarterfinal secure, top-ranked Nadal draped an arm around his Argentine friend and patted him on top of the head. "A great battle he's a good friend of mine," Nadal said. "This is the first big match that I played in 2018. One match like this probably helps. That's confidence for myself, that's confidence I can resist for four hours on court at

Rafael Nadal was in full-power mode as he defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) to march into the third round. Wearing a sleeveless shirt that reminded fans of his early years, the 2009 Australian Open winner toyed with Mayer. His masterful performance saw him deliver topspin shots all over the court, and Mayer had no answer. With the contest seemingly over, Mayer broke Nadal as the Spaniard was serving for the match but Nadal found yet another gear to avoid a fourth set and keep his quest for Grand Slam title number 17 alive. Youth triumphs. Earlier in the day, 15-year-old Ukrainian Marta

Rafael Nadal -- the world's No. 1 men's tennis player -- has retired from the Australian Open after injuring his leg.  Nadal took the first set 6-3, before falling 6-3 in the next set. He won the third set 7 (7)-6 (5) and fell 6-2 in the fourth set. The match lasted about 3.5 hours. "Unbelievable performance from both of us and really unfortunate for Rafa," Cilic said after the match. "He's an unbelievable competitor, always gives his best, and very unfortunate for him to finish this way." RELATED Australian Open: Viktor Troicki drills chair umpire in head with ball.

Australian Open: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer Inspire Fans To Dream On. Rohan Raj · Sports Expert Updated: Jan 25, 2017, 20:37 IST. The notorious rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal has dominated the tennis world for the past decade. The duo has won pretty much everything there is to be won in the sport while enthralling the fans with scintillating gameplay. Now beyond their prime, both athletes are plagued with injuries and struggling to keep their bodies intact to push beyond their playing years. Fans who once called them the sweethearts of tennis, were now predicting an end to the

Rafael Nadal has accused organisers of the Australian Open of jeopardising the futures of tennis players by forcing them into dangerously busy schedules. The No.1 seed was forced to retire in the fifth set of his quarter-final clash with Marin Cilic after suffering a leg muscle injury. A frustrated Nadal linked the tournament's heavy schedule with the high number of injuries this year. Read more: Marin Cilic beats Rafael Nadal to reach Australian Open semi-finals. Advertisement. Advertise with NZME. "Somebody who is running the tour should think a little bit about what's going o

Rafael Nadal was forced to pull out injured in the fifth set of his quarter-final. The World No 1 had treatment on his back and upper leg in the fourth set. Marin Cilic will now face British No 2 Kyle Edmund in the Australian Open semis. By Mike Dickson for MailOnline. Published: 07:10 EDT, 23 January 2018 | Updated: 10:07 EDT, 23 January 2018.  Marin Cilic will face Kyle Edmund in Thursday's semi-final of the Australian Open after Rafael Nadal was forced to retire from their quarter final. Cilic was leading 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2, 2-0 when Nadal, who had been having issues with his lower back and upper leg, abruptly shook the umpire's hand and quit. It was the second time in 24 hours that one of the Big Four was hampered by physical issues, with Novak Djokovic struggling in defeat the previous evening. Rafael Nadal retired injured from his Australian Open quarter-final against Marin Cilic.

Rafael Nadal Australian Open 2016 Nike Outfit. The outfit that Rafael Nadal will wear for the season-opening 2016 Australian Open had been making rounds over various news outlets. Rafa, who is always one to lead the way in tennis fashion, will be sporting the soft colours of yellow and white on his Nike outfit for the first… In "Articles". Here’s what Rafa will wear on court at Australian Open. World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is rocking his sleeveless yellow tank top and white shorts at the 2019 Australian Open. Check it out below! What are your thoughts? Leave us a comment below! Sources:

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 23: Rafael Nadal of Spain shows his dejection in his quarter-final match against Marin Cilic of Croatia on day nine of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images). Bellator surprises Ilima-Lei Macfarlane with a new championship belt after house fire by Nicole Bosco.  The surprises keep coming out of Australia. Top-seeded Rafael Nadal is the latest to end his quest for another slam title Down Under. Rafael Nadal has an amazing 16 grand slams, but only one Australian. This year, he was bidding to become the first man in the Open era to win each grand slam at least twice. And up until the disappointing last two sets in the Cilic match, it looked like we had another memorable Nadal-Federer final in store.

Rafael Nadal says he's still a contender for the Australian Open despite playing no ATP events going into the season's first major. Having withdrawn from Brisbane with a thigh strain, Nadal played an exhibition match against Nick Kyrgios at Sydney this week and now plans to go to Melbourne to train. "I'm happy to be back on court and then happy that I'm healthy again," he told press at Sydney. "I think it was a good start for me, a good comeback to the action in front of a fantastic crowd." The No. 2 also played an exhibition match at Abu Dhabi before th

Roger Federer won his 18th Grand Slam title and put some extra distance on the all-time list between himself and Rafael Nadal, the man he beat 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a vintage Australian Open final on Sunday night. It was the 35-year-old Federer's first major title since Wimbledon in 2012, his first in Australia since 2010, and it reversed the status quo against his nemesis from Spain. Advertisement. Both players were returning from extended layoffs — Federer for six months after Wimbledon with an injured left knee; Nadal for a couple of months with an injured left wrist — and were se

Rafael Nadal dismantles Stefanos Tsitsipas for fifth Australian Open final berth. 24 Jan 2019 10:40. A Rafael Nadal masterclass has spelled a Greek tragedy for 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas who fell in straight sets to the 17-time grand slam champion 6-2 6-4 6-0. If there were any lingering questions over the Spaniard’s fitness, then his performance on Rod Laver Arena on Thursday night emphatically quashed them all as he wound back the clock in a truly beautiful display of skill and poise. “It’s been very much a great tournament, I think I’ve been playing well every day,” Nadal said following

Rafael Nadal insists he is healthy and in no pain after coming through an exhibition game in Sydney. The world No 2 pulled out of the Brisbane International when an MRI revealed a slight strain of his left thigh, casting doubts over his fitness for next week's Australian Open. The Spaniard has not played a main tour event since a knee problem forced him to retire during his US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in September and he underwent surgery on his ankle in November to remove a loose intra-articular body and only resumed training a month ago. Federer: Novak is Aus Open f

Rafael Nadal will not win the Australian open men’s singles 2017. I have been a Rafa fan since 2005,and followed most of his matches. It’s been more than a decade and his playing style has hardly changed.The earth ,however,didn’t stop rotating on its axis and produced a very different breed of players. Agassi,Nalabandian,Safin,Davydenko have been replaced with the likes of a rebuilt Djokovic, a very mature Murray, the growing monstrosity that is Stanimal,stunted but uber talented Nishikori,and players like Raonic,who are learning a bit about the baseline game everyday while retaining their imm

Rafael Nadal gets another shot at an 18th Grand Slam title as he squares off against Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open men’s final on Sunday. The Spaniard beat rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in his semifinal, and is in red-hot form, having not dropped a set in the tournament yet. He comes up against the Serb, who saw to his exit at Wimbledon a little over six months ago, and will be out for revenge in what is a repeat of the 2012 Australian Open final. Rafael Nadal career so far. Nadal became one of a chosen few to achieve the remarkable feat of winning an ATP match before

MELBOURNE, Australia — An injured and visibly struggling Rafael Nadal retired while trailing in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarterfinal match against Marin Cilic. Top-ranked Nadal fended off five break points in the last game before Cilic broke his serve, then the 16-time major winner went to shake hands with the umpire and his opponent, and angrily hurled his headband into his equipment bag. No. 6-seeded Cilic advanced to his first semifinal in Australia since 2010 with a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 2-0, retired. Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, will next play No. 49-ranked

Spain's Rafael Nadal after retiring injured during his match against Croatia's Marin Cilic at the Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia, January 23, 2018. (Reuters). 'Rafa' out injured. An injured and visibly struggling Rafael Nadal retired while trailing in the fifth set of his quarterfinal match against Marin Cilic of Croatia. The top-ranked Spaniard saved five break points in the last game before Cilic broke his serve. Nadal then conceded the match. Sixth-seeded Cilic advanced with a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 2-0, retired. Cilic in his semifinal faces Briton and w

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA—The injuries continued for the elite of men’s tennis Tuesday, as top-ranked Rafael Nadal retired down by 0-2 in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarterfinal with Marin Cilic. Nadal took a two-set-to-one lead after winning a third-set tiebreaker in typically combative fashion, pumping both arms and shouting after completing the task. After the match with Rafael Nadal, right, No. 6-seeded Marin Cilic, left, advanced to his first semifinal in Australia since 2010 with a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 2-0, retired. (william west / afp/getty images). But down by 1-4 in t

The Australian Open quarterfinals begin with Roberto Bautista Agut taking on young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas and former champion Rafael Nadal vs Frances Tiafoe, a rising young American. Our panelists offer up their predictions. Roberto Bautista Agut vs Stefanos Tsitsipas.  Eric: This will be their first meeting, and Nadal looked impressive last match as he dominated Tomas Berdych for most of the match. My gut feeling is that Nadal will win in straight sets, but I will perhaps give Tiafoe a set, perhaps the second set. Nadal in 4. Tracey: Frances Tiafoe has had an unbelievable run, and is probably the most talented of the American men on tour. I expect we’ll see a lot more deep runs in 2019. He has the talent, but will be at a disadvantage with a lack of experience at the stage in a Slam. Coming up against a nearly perfect Rafa Nadal, Tiafoe has gone as far as he

Ruthless Rafael Nadal brutally swatted aside a bright young star in the Australian Open quarter-finals, before setting his sights on the leading new kid on the block, Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Spanish second seed continued his relentless progress by slaying giantkiller Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in just 107 minutes of power-packed, precision tennis. And Nadal, 32, warned Tsitsipas, 20, who knocked out Roger Federer in the fourth round, to be ready as the Spaniard would be at his best in Thursday evening's semi-final. Petra Kvitova. 'Need to play my best' "For me is always t

Rafael Nadal aimed a sly dig in Roger Federer's direction after the Swiss avoided playing in the sweltering heat at Melbourne Park. The world No. 1 described the conditions as  And Nadal suggested the 36-year-old was at a real advantage at Melbourne Park. ‘My opinion that is not safe enough sometimes, you know? But is not the only place,’ he said after his win over Damir Dzumhur. ‘That’s the real thing. Have been very, very tough conditions yesterday and today. Nadal is unhappy with the conditions (Picture: AFP/Getty). ‘Yeah, sometimes is too much and can become little bit dangerous for health. That’s the real thing.

Rafael Nadal at Australian Open 2009. Full Name. Rafael Nadal Parera.  Nadal supports football clubs Real Madrid and RCD Mallorca. Recognizing that Rafael had a natural talent for tennis, his other uncle, Toni Nadal, a former professional tennis player, introduced him to tennis when he was three years old. Toni Nadal has been coaching him ever since. At age eight, Nadal won an under-12 year regional tennis championship at a time where he was also a promising football player. This made Toni Nadal intensify training, and at that time he encouraged Nadal to play left-handed - for a natural advantage on the tennis court, as he noticed Nadal played forehand shots with

Rafael Nadal is optimistic he can return to full fitness ahead of the Australian Open. The 28-year-old former world No.1 was scratched from last week’s season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London after recovering from an appendicitis operation, but has also been limited by recent knee issues. “It will be 10 or 12 days before I can practise again, so [I] will have all of December to try to put my body and my tennis at the right level to be competitive in January. I am going to work for it, that is my goal,” Nadal said from a promotional event. “As ever after a period when things haven’t gone

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