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Rio Olympics 2016: Garbine Muguruza happy with Rafael Nadal's appointment as Spanish flag bearer
Rio Olympics 2016: Garbine Muguruza happy with Rafael Nadal's appointment as Spanish flag bearer

CaptionSpanish woman tennis player Garbine Muguruza has said that the choice of Rafael Nadal as the bearer of the Spanish flag at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio is "fabulous" and expected that the veteran "must be thrilled" to have this opportunity.At a press conference following the draw for women's singles in the Madrid Open, Muguruza on Friday recalled that due to injury, the 14-time Maj

Apr 30 2016
Rafael Nadal pleased that hard work is showing in results
Rafael Nadal pleased that hard work is showing in results

Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the Barcelona OpenSpanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has said he was starting to see the results of his persistent work at practice."For months now I've been saying I feel good, that I'm enjoying the competition, the training, that the feeling is different from last year, but if that's not accompanied by results they're just words," Nadal said here on Friday.The Mallorca native said it

Apr 30 2016
Rio Olympics 2016: Rafael Nadal gets a second chance to be Spain’s Olympic flag bearer
Rio Olympics 2016: Rafael Nadal gets a second chance to be Spain’s Olympic flag bearer

A file picture of Rafael Nadal with the Spanish flag during the 2012 announcementIn 2012, the pride and joy of carrying the Spanish flag at the London Olympics turned into a major disappointment for Rafael Nadal when he had to withdraw from the mega quadrennial Games owing to a recurring knee injury. The former World No. 1 had, at that time, admitted that it was one of the saddest days of his career. NBA basketball star Pau Gasol replaced him the

Apr 27 2016
Rio Olympics 2016: Rafael Nadal set to be Spanish flag bearer at opening ceremony
Rio Olympics 2016: Rafael Nadal set to be Spanish flag bearer at opening ceremony

Rafael Nadal takes a bite at the Gold medal after winning at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.Spain's tennis great Rafael Nadal will continue his role as the national flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games, the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) announced on Wednesday.The nine-time French Open champion and singles champion at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, was named to carry the national flag at London Olympic Games in 2012. But

Apr 27 2016
Rafael Nadal’s Barcelona win: 5 stats and records that you should know
Rafael Nadal’s Barcelona win: 5 stats and records that you should know

Rafael Nadal’s ninth win at the Barcelona Open on Sunday was a monumental feat. It not only signalled his resurgence but it also helped the 14-time Grand Slam champion notch up some significant records that further underline his dominance on clay.Here are five of those important records or stats that you should know:1. Ties with Guillermo Vilas’ Open Era recordIn 2015, when Nadal reached the Argentina Open final in February, everyone

The French love story:- Another chapter in the book that is Rafael Nadal
The French love story:- Another chapter in the book that is Rafael Nadal

Nadal has a poor 2015 As the reflection of the sun's rays drew shorter on the famous Eiffel Tower, it looked like this love story had seen its twilight, no longer the courts of Roland Garros would see my love lifting  Coupe des Mousquetaire. A heart-broken fan wrote this swansong :- The French love story, assuming it would be tough even for the all-time comeback-king.to recover from this humiliation.Just&nbs

Apr 26 2016
Rafael Nadal files defamation lawsuit against former French cabinet minister
Rafael Nadal files defamation lawsuit against former French cabinet minister

Rafael Nadal celebrates his Monte Carlo Masters win Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has begun legal proceedings against former French cabinet minister Roselyne Bachelot after she alleged that the Spaniard had failed a drug test.The 29-year-old issued a statement through his agent on Monday saying he had filed a case for defamation against Bachelot in the Paris law courts. Bachelot was health and sports minister in 2007-2010 an

Apr 25 2016
5 most dominant athletes in sport for the week 18 April - 25 April
5 most dominant athletes in sport for the week 18 April - 25 April

This week was one for the older sportsmen, with a number of them making our list with top-notch performances in their respective sports to win titles.Our five favourite sportsmen this week: Mairaj Ahmed KhanMairaj is the first ever India skeet shooter to qualify for the OlympicsIt had been a disappointing 10 days for India at the ISSF Shooting World Cup in Rio De Janerio, until Mairaj Ahmad Khan, late on Sunday night created history by becom

Apr 25 2016
Rafael Nadal long yearned for Monte Carlo and Barcelona double
Rafael Nadal long yearned for Monte Carlo and Barcelona double

Rafael Nadal after winning the Barcelona MastersSpanish tennis player Rafael Nadal has said wins at the recent Barcelona Open and Monte Carlo tennis tournaments were long sought by him.Nadal defeated Japanese Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday to lift the Barcelona Open, his second consecutive win after Monte Carlo, reports Efe.The Spaniard has now won his ninth Barcelona Open trophy and levelled Argentine legend Guillermo Vilas' record of 49 c

Apr 25 2016
Nadal wins 9th Barcelona title, equals Vilas’ Open Era clay record
Nadal wins 9th Barcelona title, equals Vilas’ Open Era clay record

Rafael Nadal with the Barcelona Open trophy on SundayRafael Nadal had not won two titles in two weeks in the past two years. If anyone still had doubts about whether he would be able to sustain his brilliance after a record-extending ninth crown at the Monte Carlo Masters last week, then the World No. 5 was quick to banish all those apprehensions at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.On Sunday, the Spaniard reclaimed a title that he had won eight t

Apr 25 2016
Resurgent Nadal beats Nishikori to reclaim Barcelona crown
Resurgent Nadal beats Nishikori to reclaim Barcelona crown

Kei Nishikori of Japan returns a ball to Rafael Nadal of Spain during Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, April 24, 2016. REUTERS/Albert GeaREUTERS - Rafael Nadal maintained his ominous claycourt form by seizing back the Barcelona Open title from Kei Nishikori with a 6-4 7-5 victory on Sunday, matching Guillermo Vilas's record title haul on the surface.A week after reclaiming the Monte Carlo crown, the 29-year-old Spaniard r

Apr 24 2016
Barcelona Open: Rafael Nadal sets up blockbuster final with Kei Nishikori
Barcelona Open: Rafael Nadal sets up blockbuster final with Kei Nishikori

Rafael Nadal celebrates his win over Philipp Kohlschreiber at Barcelona on SaturdayIt was the final that all tennis fans had been waiting for eagerly and now it’s a reality as top seed Rafael Nadal and second seed Kei Nishikori are set to meet for the title at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell on Sunday. Between them, they have a staggering 10 Barcelona Open titles which makes this summit showdown an absolute must-watch.The final will also w

Apr 23 2016
Barcelona Open Round-up: Rafael Nadal beats Fognini; Kei Nishikori through to semis as well
Barcelona Open Round-up: Rafael Nadal beats Fognini; Kei Nishikori through to semis as well

Kei Nishikori after his quarter-final win at Barcelona on Friday14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal’s last match with Fabio Fognini at the Real Tenis Club de Barcelona was not something he would have liked to remember. A year ago, the Spaniard was handed his earliest defeat at the Barcelona Open since 2003 by the Italian when he slumped to a third-round loss.On Friday, the World No. 5 banished all those memories with a 6-2, 7-6(1) quar

Apr 23 2016
Barcelona Master: Rafael Nadal battles past Fabio Fognini into semi-final
Barcelona Master: Rafael Nadal battles past Fabio Fognini into semi-final

Rafael Nadal in action at the  Barcelona MastersRafael Nadal struggled to finish off Fabio Fognini at the Barcelona Open on Friday but eventually quelled one of his most troublesome opponents 6-2 7-6(1) to reach the semi-finals.The Spaniard, bidding for a ninth title at the claycourt tournament having reclaimed his Monte Carlo crown last week, cruised through the first set against the Italian but he went off the boil in the second.Fognini, w

Apr 22 2016
Barcelona Open: Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori book quarter-final berths
Barcelona Open: Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori book quarter-final berths

Rafael Nadal in action at the Barcelona Open on ThursdayTop seed Rafael Nadal edged closer to a record-extending ninth title at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell after booking a berth in the quarter-finals with an easy 6-2, 6-2 win over Albert Montanes on Thursday.The 14-time Grand Slam champion hardly faced any resistance from his compatriot, who he had been beating since the age of 16. He needed just 1 hour 7 minutes to complete the triumph that

Apr 22 2016
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