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Rafael Nadal takes Rio Open title on comeback tournament from back injury

Rafael Nadal hits a return in the Rio Open final. Photo: AFP

Rafael Nadal returned from a troublesome back injury to win the Rio Open, defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 7-6 (7/3).

Monday, 24 February, 2014, 9:49am

Rafael Nadal back on top of the world

Rafael Nadal celebrates after beating Stanislas Wawrinka. Photo: Reuters

The year dawned with a cloud hanging over Rafael Nadal’s career but will end with him on top of the world after a win over Stanislas Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Finals  that illustrated why he is in the pantheon of tennis greats.

7 Nov 2013 - 10:38am

Nadal's confidence soars with big pre-US Open win

Spanish great Rafael Nadal waves to the Montreal crowd after defeating Canadian Milos Raonic in straight sets in the Rogers Cup final. Photo: EPA

Rafael Nadal thumped Canada's Milos Raonic 6-2 6-2 in the final of the men's Rogers Cup on Sunday to capture his eighth ATP title this season and boost his confidence ahead of the US Open, starting later this month.

13 Aug 2013 - 3:45am

A Good Week for ... , June 16, 2013

Rafael Nadal won his eighth French Open title at Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal completed his return from injury in glorious fashion, picking up his eighth French Open title at Roland Garros.

16 Jun 2013 - 2:25am

Nadal's 8th French Open title sweeps aside lingering doubts over knee injury

Rafael Nadal has tasted success at the French Open eight times, more than anyone else at a single grand slam event. Photos: AFP

Rafael Nadal harboured plenty of doubts when he returned to tennis in February after a seven-month lay-off because of a left knee injury.

His uncertainty was magnified when he lost in the final of his first tournament to Horacio Zeballos, an Argentine ranked 73rd who had never won a title before.

11 Jun 2013 - 4:35am

Flair outshines flare as Rafael Nadal seals great eight

Rafael Nadal's smile is reflected in the trophy as he celebrates French Open title number eight, a record number of grand slam wins at the same event. Photo: AFP

Nadal claimed his 12th major with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win over his Spanish compatriot who was playing in his first grand slam final at the age of 31 and at the 42nd time of asking.

10 Jun 2013 - 3:37am

Who said it?

Marcus Gadau

Germany has more than five Chinese medicine hospitals and Hong Kong doesn't have a single one, which seems very odd

German practitioner Marcus Gadau joins calls for a traditional Chinese medicine hospital in the city


I'm confident in our joint efforts to build a new model of major country relationships

9 Jun 2013 - 2:40am

Nadal seeks grand slam record at French Open

Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer will feature in an all-Spain final at the French Open today. Ferrer has reached his maiden final without losing a set, but has lost eight straight to Nadal. Photos: EPA, AFP

Rafael Nadal is happy to suffer if it allows him to become the first man to capture the same grand slam title eight times when he tackles Spanish compatriot David Ferrer in today's French Open final.

9 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Nadal outlasts Djokovic to win epic French Open semi

A relieved Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their French Open semi-final in Paris. Photo: Reuters

Defending champion Rafael Nadal moved closer to an historic eighth French Open title yesterday when he defeated world number one Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 9-7 in a titanic semi-final.

Nadal, the third seed, took his Paris record to a staggering 58 wins from 59 matches after recovering from 4-2 down in the deciding set to clinch victory after 4 hours and 37 minutes.

8 Jun 2013 - 7:15am

Djokovic, Nadal play Paris Open final a match early

Novak Djokovic celebrates after beating Germany's Tommy Hass in the French Open quarter-final. Photos: AFP

It has been nearly two weeks since a murmur and a few groans went through the room in Paris after Rafael Nadal landed on the same side of the French Open draw as Novak Djokovic.

8 Jun 2013 - 5:00am

Time the one foe Nadal can't beat

Rafael Nadal. Photo: AFP

There is nothing that arouses the senses of a sports fan like an indomitable force of nature. The freakishly talented are generational and if we are blessed to see three or four in our lifetime we should be truly grateful. In this generation there has been no athlete as dominant as Rafael Nadal on the red clay of Paris. No one even close.

2 Jun 2013 - 8:57am

Big-serving German scares Nadal at French Open

Li Na serves on her way to victory over Anabel Medina Garrigues during their first round match in Paris. Li had lost her previous three matches on clay to the Spaniard. Photo: AP

Rafael Nadal hopped, spun and threw an overhand punch toward his friends and family, stirring memories of past celebrations on his favourite stage. After more than 90 minutes of tense tennis, Nadal had finally won a set, leaving him only 20 sets from another French Open championship.

28 May 2013 - 4:47am

It's the Rafa and Serena show

It's the Rafa and Serena show

Watching Rafael Nadal churn his way through the clay-court season over the past few weeks, it seems nothing much has changed since his French Open triumph a year ago despite a lengthy injury lay-off.

26 May 2013 - 5:54am

Time running out for next generation of tennis stars

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Photos: AFP

If you desire world domination in tennis, best get an early start as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have proved. So, for the likes of Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic and Bernard Tomic - touted as the best of the next generation in men's tennis - the clock is already ticking.

25 May 2013 - 5:16am

Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams on fire ahead of French Open

Rafael Nadal. Photo: EPA

Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams fired warning shots to their French Open rivals with comprehensive victories over Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka respectively in Rome.

21 May 2013 - 5:40am