Tagged with Nadal

Dolgopolov Denies Nadal

Dolgopolov Denies Nadal

28th seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov shouldn’t have been too much of a challenge for world no.1 Rafael Nadal, yet after a nail-biting three sets the Ukrainian was the victor. His style is really quite unorthodox, but something that’s quite clear is his ability to gain control of the rally, send his opponent to the far end … Continue reading

Stan Stuns Nadal

Stan Stuns Nadal

Both contenders in the 2014 Australian Open final had a tough – but to be quite honest predictable – semi-final. Rafael Nadal beat Federer in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3, 6-3. Wawrinka’s was even tougher, coming up against Thomas Berdych just after beating Novak Djokovic in a gruelling five-setter. But the ‘Stanimal’ (as aptly named by … Continue reading

The Business End of the Australian Open

The Business End of the Australian Open

We’re now well into the final week of the Australian Open, and we’re down to the last four, incidentally with only one from the ATP top four ranked players – Rafael Nadal. It is very unusual for one in particular, Novak Djokovic to be absent from the final, not to mention the semi-finals, as over … Continue reading

Classic Match of the Week

Classic Match of the Week

Every so often we are treated to matches of the highest order. This firmly fits into that. There are matches where neither player deserves to lose. I can safely say that this accords with that. In this case, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, both vying for their first Tour Finals title, battled out an extraordinary … Continue reading

Montreal Masters Preview

Montreal Masters Preview

It seems quite a while ago now that Andy Murray lifted the Wimbledon title, nearly one month ago. Since then we’ve awaited for a big tennis event to return to provide us with all the thrills and excitement that they offer, the US Open returns later this month but before that there are two Masters events … Continue reading

Why can’t Nadal cut it on grass?

Why can’t Nadal cut it on grass?

Rafael Nadal is an interesting tennis player, never before has there been someone whose game and style are affected so much by the court’s surface. To learn why he’s so much better on the clay, we have to delve back I to his early tennis career. At age 12, the Spaniard won the national and … Continue reading

Madness at Wimbledon

Madness at Wimbledon

Early in the first week of the historic Grand Slam at SW19, we saw the most injuried ever in a single day at a Grand Slam, with seven being forced to retire early. The most surprising thing though was that they were mostly top players, with several who weren’t injured still losing to their much … Continue reading

RAFA CRASHES OUT

RAFA CRASHES OUT

Rafael Nadal is out of Wimbledon after a shock 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 day one defeat to world number 135 Steve Darcis. This was his first round one defeat for 35 Grand Slams, the equivilamt of nearly nine years. Darcis played his absolute best tennis, beating a player ranked in the top five for … Continue reading

Classic Match of the Week

Classic Match of the Week

Our feature that takes a look at some of tennis’s classics is now in full flow. With Wimbledon around the corner it was hard not to pick a final of the great event, I immediately thought of this one. The 2008 Wimbledon final was undoubtedly an epic that’ll be remembered for years to come. Rafael … Continue reading