Perfect in Paris, Nadal overwhelms Djokovic to tie Federer

PARIS (AP) — All the years of work, all the many wins, led to this moment, with Rafael Nadal preparing to serve against Novak Djokovic, one point from a 13th French Open championship, one point from a 20th Grand Slam trophy to tie Roger Federer’s record for men. Nadal swept his right foot along the […]

19 Slams: Nadal stops Medvedev comeback bid to win US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Nadal’s 19th Grand Slam trophy went from inevitable to suddenly in doubt in a thrill-a-minute U.S. Open final. What had all the makings of a casual crowning morphed into a grueling contest thanks to Nadal’s opponent, Daniil Medvedev, a man a decade younger and appearing in his first major title […]

Nadal beats Berrettini to reach US Open final; Medvedev next

NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Nadal found himself trailing in a tight first set against a bigger, younger opponent who was finding ways to cause trouble in their U.S. Open semifinal. Never one to panic, never liable to have a letdown, Nadal hung tough, waited for 24th-seeded Matteo Berrettini to wilt ever so slightly and […]

Rafael Nadal looks good at US Open, and Tiger Woods approves

NEW YORK (AP) — Locked in a tight test at the U.S. Open, Rafael Nadal conjured up an over-the-shoulder, back-to-the-net flick of a volley winner that he celebrated with a leap and punch of the air. If that wasn’t the shot of the match, then surely this was, a couple of points later: a cross-court […]

Nadal wins US Open for 16th major title

NEW YORK (AP), September 11 — Rafael Nadal won his 16th Grand Slam title by sweeping Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in the U.S. Open final. It’s the third U.S. Open title for Nadal, who won two majors this year for the first time since 2013. The 28th-seeded Anderson was bidding to become the lowest-ranked […]

Nadal overwhelms del Potro; faces Anderson in US Open final

NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Nadal went into his U.S. Open semifinal against Juan Martin del Potro with a relatively simple game plan: Stay away from the big guy’s flat, fearsome forehand and instead go after his weaker backhand. Nadal tried that strategy just long enough to drop the opening set. Once he scrapped it […]

Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, Murray head to Week 2 at Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) — As usual, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are playing well at Wimbledon, leading the way into Week 2. “It’s their turf,” said Ernests Gulbis, who stood in Djokovic’s way in the third round but failed to present too much of an obstacle. “It’s their home court.” Indeed, it […]