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Andy Murray retirement: Rafael Nadal says former world number one is ‘suffering’

Nadal and Murray are friends off the court and posed with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as part of New Year’s celebrations at the Brisbane Open last week Andy Murray’s impending retirement was a decision he had to take because he is “suffering”, says long-time rival Rafael Nadal. The 31-year-old Briton announced on Friday that he will quit this year, and next week’s Australian Open could be the final tournament of his career. “When you are going on court without a clear goal because you cannot move well and you have pain, then…

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Nadal pulls out of Brisbane International with thigh problem

(Reuters) – Rafa Nadal has pulled out of this week’s Brisbane International due to a minor thigh strain, but the Spaniard is hopeful that he can shake off the problem in time for the Australian Open later this month. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Mubadala World Tennis Championship – Men Semi-Final – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 28, 2018. Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his match against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem Nadal endured an injury-plagued 2018 season that saw him contest only nine tournaments due to…

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Tennis: Nadal pulls out of ATP Finals, Djokovic to end year atop rankings

LONDON (Reuters) – Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s ATP Tour Finals in London due to injury, so Novak Djokovic will end the year as world number one having returned to the top of the rankings on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP 1000 – Paris Masters – AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France – October 31, 2018 Spain’s Rafael Nadal during a press conference after withdrawing from the tournament REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes French Open champion Nadal announced that an abdominal muscle problem, which prevented him from playing in the Paris…

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Rafael Nadal: Spaniard to have surgery on ankle injury and miss ATP Finals

Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Paris Masters last week ATP World Tour Finals Venue: O2 Arena, London Dates: 11-18 November Coverage: Follow live coverage across BBC TV, radio, the BBC Sport website & mobile app. Live text commentary available on select matches. Rafael Nadal will miss November’s season-ending ATP Finals in London and have surgery on an ankle injury. Nadal withdrew from last month’s Paris Masters with an abdominal muscle injury, meaning Novak Djokovic replaced him as world number one. The Spaniard, 32, said that since he was still suffering…

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Paris Masters: Rafael Nadal out with injury & Roger Federer through

Rafael Nadal has won the French Open 11 times, but has never triumphed at the Paris Masters Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters with an abdominal injury. It means Novak Djokovic, 31, will replace him as world number one when the rankings are released on Monday. Earlier on Wednesday, Roger Federer made it through to the last 16 without playing when Milos Raonic pulled out with an elbow injury. Nadal’s opponent, 34-year-old Fernando Verdasco, will play Jack Sock in the next round after the American beat France’s Richard…

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Rafael Nadal opens his tennis academy centre to Majorca flood victims

People displaced by the flood have been taking shelter in sports centres in Manacor World number one Rafael Nadal has helped flood victims in his native Majorca, opening up his tennis academy on the island to the homeless and helping to clear mud and water. Video on Spanish newspaper AS showed the 32-year-old with a broom in hand as he joined the clean-up effort. “Sad day in Majorca,” Nadal said on Twitter. “My sincere condolences to the relatives of the deceased.” At least 10 people have died in the floods.…

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Juan Martin del Potro into US Open final as injury forces Rafael Nadal to retire

Nadal was bidding to defend his title and win his 18th Grand Slam title 2018 US Open men’s final Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Date: Sunday, 9 September Time: 21:00 BST Coverage: Live radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and text updates on the BBC Sport website. Juan Martin del Potro will compete in his first Grand Slam final for nine years after defending champion Rafael Nadal retired from their US Open semi-final. Argentine third seed Del Potro was leading 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 when Nadal quit because of a…

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Nadal ‘bagelled’ but survives Thiem test to reach semis

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Defending champion Rafa Nadal failed to win a single game in the opening set of his U.S. Open quarter-final against Dominic Thiem on Tuesday but fought back to beat the Austrian 0-6 6-4 7-5 6-7(4) 7-6(5) in a match that ended after 2 a.m. in New York. Sep 4, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain hits to Dominic Thiem of Austria in a quarter-final match on day nine of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.…

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US Open 2018: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem in quarter-finals

2018 US Open Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 27 August-9 September Coverage: Live radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; live text commentaries on the BBC Sport website Defending champion Rafael Nadal dug deep to win the longest match of this year’s US Open in a classic five-set quarter-final against Dominic Thiem – which finished at 2:03am local time. Top seed Nadal lost the opening set 6-0 after being outpowered by the Austrian ninth seed in New York. The 32-year-old Spaniard recovered to lead two sets to…

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