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Tennis-Nadal confirms participation in Queen's Club Championships

Feb 7 (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal will return to this year's Queen's Club Championships in what will be the 10th anniversary of his memorable triumph that served as a prelude to his maiden Wimbledon title.

WRAPUP 1-HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Australian Open day nine

MELBOURNE, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal's Australian Open run ended abruptly in the quarter-finals on Tuesday when injury forced the top seed to retire in the fifth set against Croatia's Marin Cilic.

FACTBOX-Tennis-Rafa Nadal v Marin Cilic - match stats

Jan 23 (Reuters) - Key statistics from Croatian Marin Cilic's 3-6 6-3 6-7(5) 6-2 2-0 victory (Nadal retired injured) over Spain's Rafa Nadal in the Australian Open quarter-finals on Tuesday (prefix denotes seeding): 1-Nadal 6-Cilic Aces 3 20 Double faults 8 2 8 Break points won 2/10 5/19 Net points won 11/20 35/47 Winners 39 83

Tennis-Cilic reaches semi-finals after Nadal retires hurt

MELBOURNE, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Marin Cilic advanced to the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Tuesday after top seed Rafa Nadal retired hurt when trailing 3-6 6-3 6-7(5) 6-2 2-0 in their match at Rod Laver Arena.

FACTBOX-Tennis-Rafa Nadal v Marin Cilic

Jan 22 (Reuters) - A look at the records of Spaniard Rafa Nadal and Croatia's Marin Cilic before their Australian Open quarter-final on Tuesday (prefix number denotes seeding).

Tennis-Nadal braced for tough Cilic test in Melbourne showdown

MELBOURNE, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal knows his path to a 17th grand slam title will only get tougher after a relatively routine run of opponents since his French Open triumph last June when he lines up against Marin Cilic in Tuesday's Australian Open quarter-final.

Tennis-Nadal weathers blast from pocket rocket Schwartzman

MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Top seed Rafa Nadal was rattled by a feisty challenge from Diego Schwartzman but held firm to fend off the diminutive Argentine 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.

WRAPUP 1-HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Australian Open day five

MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal stormed into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-1 6-3 6-1 victory over Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur on Friday, while home favourite Nick Kyrgios ousted Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with a hard-fought 7-6(5) 4-6 7-6(6) 7-6(5) win.

WRAPUP 1-HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Australian Open day three

MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal eased to a second round victory at the Australian Open on Wednesday while third seed Grigor Dimitrov was made to work hard to reach the third round in a five-set thriller against American Mackenzie McDonald.

Tennis-Nadal says lower-ranked players need more money

MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal voiced his support for players to demand a greater share of tennis revenues, saying that more lower-ranked professionals should be able to make a living from the sport.

Tennis-Nadal mows down Mayer to reach third round

MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Top seed Rafa Nadal continued his marauding path through the Australian Open, hammering Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-3 6-4 7-6 (4) to reach the third round on Wednesday.

Tennis-Nadal takes centre stage ahead of Kyrgios clash

MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal takes centre stage on Rod Laver Arena for his Australian Open second round match against Leonardo Mayer on Wednesday but anyone looking for a wild atmosphere would be better off waiting for the last match on Hisense Arena.

WRAPUP-HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Australian Open day one

MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Top-seed Rafa Nadal and world number three Grigor Dimitrov progressed to the second round of the Australian Open with easy victories on Monday while top American contenders were sent packing after shock defeats in the first round.

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Nadal happy with rollicking start at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - A ruthless Rafa Nadal preserved his creaky knees for tougher tests down the road by routing Dominican journeyman Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1 6-1 6-1 to sail into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.

Tennis-Uncle Toni still 'more than anything' for Nadal

MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal embarks on a new era without his coach and uncle in the players' box at the Australian Open but the Spaniard said he would always welcome advice from his lifelong mentor with open arms.

FACTBOX-Tennis-Australian Open men's singles champions

Jan 12 (Reuters) - List of Australian Open men's singles champions since the event began in 1905 (Australian unless stated): 2017 Roger Federer (Switzerland) bt Rafa Nadal (Spain) 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 2016 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) bt Andy...Show More Summary

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Federer to open Australia Open against Bedene

MELBOURNE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Roger Federer will open his Australian Open title defence against Slovenian Aljaz Bedene next week, while top seed Rafa Nadal, the losing finalist last year, was paired with Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos at the draw on Thursday.

Tennis-Nadal to make Australian return in exhibition event

2 months agoSports / Tennis : Reuters: Tennis

MELBOURNE, Jan 1 (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal, who is struggling to get any match practice before the Australian Open, will play an exhibition event at Melbourne Park in the week leading up to the season opening grand slam, organisers said on Monday.

The biggest sporting moments of 2017 in 60 seconds – video

Roger Federer's stunning win over Rafa Nadal in the final of the Australian Open, Usain Bolt running in his final athletics championships, Neymar joining PSG – 2017 was packed full of huge moments in sport and here we look at the biggest, all in 60 seconds Continue reading...

REVIEW-Tennis-Serena, Fed and Rafa make it landmark year for greats

2 months agoSports / Tennis : Reuters: Tennis

LONDON, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Serena Williams needed just one January fortnight to underline her greatness before Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal then spent the rest of 2017 reminding us of why tennis really is still basking in its age of sporting wonders.

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