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French Open Round-up: Rafael Nadal withdraws; Petra Kvitova shocked
French Open Round-up: Rafael Nadal withdraws; Petra Kvitova shocked

The former World No. 1 had been battling the injury for a couple of weeks nowA pall of gloom descended on the 2016 French Open on Friday as the claycourt Major lost its nine-time champion Rafael Nadal to a left wrist injury. The fourth seed was due to play his third round match on Saturday against his compatriot and World No. 56 Marcel Granollers, who now gets a walkover into the Round of 16.The former World No. 1 had been battling the injury for

May 28 2016
Rafael Nadal: Is he Paris' Fallen King?
Rafael Nadal: Is he Paris' Fallen King?

It will become increasingly difficult for Rafa to remain the emperor he has beenEvenings in Paris have a life of their own. The air is filled with romance, even as the city turns into one massive stage for those wishing to live their dreams. Inside the Philippe Chatrier though there was a sudden sense of suspended gloom, soon as it was announced that Rafael Nadal was about to address an impromptu presser a little after 0500pm. Nadal interrupted t

May 28 2016
French Open shocker: Rafael Nadal withdraws due to a wrist injury
French Open shocker: Rafael Nadal withdraws due to a wrist injury

Rafael NadalIn a hammer blow to the 2016 French Open, nine-time champion Rafael Nadal announced today that he is withdrawing from the tournament due to a left wrist injury. The World No. 5 was scheduled to play his third round match against compatriot and World No. 56 Marcel Granollers on Saturday, who now gets a walkover into the Round of 16.In a hastily-arranged press conference, a near tearful Nadal revealed that he had been battling

May 27 2016
French Open Round-up: 200 Slam wins for Rafael Nadal; Novak Djokovic triumphs
French Open Round-up: 200 Slam wins for Rafael Nadal; Novak Djokovic triumphs

Rafael Nadal recorded his 200th Grand Slam winNine-time champion Rafael Nadal became the eighth man ever to record 200 wins at a Grand Slam as he triumphed 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 over the 99th ranked Facundo Bagnis to enter the third round of the 2016 French Open in Paris on Thursday. Joining him was the top seed and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic who is chasing his elusive maiden crown at Roland Garros.The Spaniard had the slightly more comfortable win

May 27 2016
French Open 2016: 5 amazing statistical possibilities at Roland Garros
French Open 2016: 5 amazing statistical possibilities at Roland Garros

Nadal will be hoping to lift a record10th title at Roland GarrosThe 2nd Grand Slam of 2016 has kicked off. This is the time of the year when the world’s best tennis players descend on Paris to compete for the coveted French Open crown. From Novak Djokovic vying for his first French Open title to Serena Williams playing to win the only Grand Slam that she has not won back-to-back, there is a lot to look forward to at this year’s F

An ode to Roger Federer: Why the clay of Roland Garros will miss the Swiss maestro
An ode to Roger Federer: Why the clay of Roland Garros will miss the Swiss maestro

Roger Federer exults after winning at Roland GarrosThe scent of the soil hasn’t changed one bit. Roland Garros though, will not remain the same with the proposed redevelopment and expansion of the site to cater to changing realities of the sport. The famed Bull Ring, site to several galactic battles is facing the prospect of turning to rubble, dissolving into the vortex of time.But then, time does not stop, neither for the iconic court No.1

May 25 2016
Live: French Open 2016 Results and Scores Updates Day 3, Djokovic, Nadal, Murray win
Live: French Open 2016 Results and Scores Updates Day 3, Djokovic, Nadal, Murray win

Top seed Novak Djokovic will play Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan in his first round match todayIt’s now Day 3 of the French Open and a number of the biggest players have faltered, not looking as confident or powerful as they should. Third seed and reigning Roland-Garros champion Stan Wawrinka was believed to have the easiest quarter of the top 4 seeds, but struggled against his Czech rival Lukas Rosol.The 59th- ranked Czech took his Swiss rival to f

May 24 2016
French Open 2016 men's draw analysis
French Open 2016 men's draw analysis

9-time champion Rafael Nadal and top seed Novak Djokovic are drawn in the same half, with a possible semi-final clashThe draws are out for the year’s claycourt Grand Slam, and the biggest question – how far away World No. 1 and top seed Novak Djokovic would be from nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal – has been answered. The Serb has never won the title at Roland Garros, although he has enjoyed a stellar, nearly unb

May 20 2016
5 dark horses who could score big at the French Open 2016
5 dark horses who could score big at the French Open 2016

Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka is reigning champion at the French Open, preventing World No. 1 Novak Djokovic from adding the Coupe de Mousquetaires to his trophy cabinet. Djokovic, although immensely successful on clay, has notoriously faltered at Roland Garros, repeatedly.The Serb has made the finals on three occasions, losing on two of those occasions to King of Clay Rafael Nadal.Nadal, considered perhaps the greatest clay court player in t

May 20 2016
5 sportspersons who could really use the Moto 360 smartwatch
5 sportspersons who could really use the Moto 360 smartwatch

Sportspersons in the modern day are very well-trained and focused on their goal. Their training regimes are tailored to help them develop a habit, a routine, that helps them perform their best in live matches.While some of these routines are regular and not so time taking, some others are really time-taking and these athletes could really use a sports-watch, just like the Moto 360 Sport smartwatch, which can help them understand their habits, and

May 18 2016
Is this Novak Djokovic’s last shot at a Career Grand Slam?
Is this Novak Djokovic’s last shot at a Career Grand Slam?

French Open 2015: An emotional Novak Djokovic congratulates his conqueror Stan WawrinkaAfter a glitch at Monte Carlo, where fatigue was a bigger villain than his opponent, Novak Djokovic steadied his clay run by winning Madrid. By beating Nadal in straight sets in a rollicking quarter-final at Rome, he further fortified his supremacy on clay. Djokovic was a step away from the Career Slam on three occasions – 2012, 2014 and 2015 – 

May 18 2016
Rome Masters: Rafael Nadal to meet Novak Djokovic; Roger Federer out
Rome Masters: Rafael Nadal to meet Novak Djokovic; Roger Federer out

Rafael Nadal in action at Rome on ThursdayThere were contrasting fortunes for tennis superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in two of the most-anticipated generational battles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome on Thursday. The Swiss maestro, whose movement was restricted because of his ailing back, was shown the door by the in-form 22-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem, 6(2)-7, 4-6.Nadal, on the other hand, managed to survive the o

May 13 2016
Rome Masters: Dominic Thiem shows Roger Federer the door in third round
Rome Masters: Dominic Thiem shows Roger Federer the door in third round

Roger Federer was sent packing from the Rome MasterRoger Federer's struggles continued when he was beaten 7-6 (2) 6-4 by fast-rising Austrian Dominic Thiem in the third round of the Italian Open on Thursday.The former world number one has been battling a knee and back injuries this year and was not at his best as he succumbed to the 22-year-old Thiem at the Foro Italico.Thiem, ranked 15th after reaching a career-high 13th earlier this year, r

May 12 2016
Rome Masters: Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber fall on a day of upsets
Rome Masters: Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber fall on a day of upsets

A dejected Victoria Azarenka attends her post-match press conference in Rome on WednesdayThe Foro Italico in Rome witnessed a slew of seeds making the exit on Wednesday as five WTA top-10 players fell by the wayside during second round action at the at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. World No. 2 Angelique Kerber, No. 5 Simona Halep, No. 6 Victoria Azarenka, No. 7 Roberta Vinci and No. 9 Petra Kvitova all were major casualties.It all starte

May 12 2016
Rafael Nadal starts his Italian Open campaign on a winning note
Rafael Nadal starts his Italian Open campaign on a winning note

Rafael NadalRome, May 12 (IANS) Spain's tennis star Rafael Nadal cruised into the third round of the Rome Masters with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber. He will next square off against young and talented Australian Nick Kyrgios.The fifth-seeded Nadal played at a high level against an opponent who had shown good form in reaching the semi-finals in Barcelona, running his career mark against the German to 13-1 on Wedne

May 12 2016
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