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Rafael Nadal @ Tennisrulz!! Latest news

2014-03-09: Rafa thought he might have an easy 1st match in the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells but he ended up losing the opening set to Radek Stepanek. He did end up recovering though and won 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 against the same guy who had taken Roger Federer to 3 sets just a few weeks ago in Dubai. Still, this will be a very interesting event to see where Rafa's game is.



2014-02-05: Rafael got some very good news as recent scans revealed his back injury wasn't serious - more



2014-01-11: Rafa is ready for the first grand slam of the year but he will have a tough challenge. Not only is his entire draw difficult (with Del Potro, Murray and Federer all on his side) but he also has a first round matchup with Aussie Bernard Tomic, one of the more dangerous unseeded players in the draw. You can see the full draw here and also see a very interesting article about him in the Financial Times.



2013-08-16: After beating Grigor Dimitrov in 3 sets, Rafael Nadal will face Roger in the Quarterfinals.



2013-06-10: Given their history, it was hardly a surprise that Nadal was able to come up on top but you can never count David Ferrer out. Nadal is now the only player to win the same grand slam 8 times. Rafa won the final 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. "This one is very special one," he said. "When you have period of time like I had, you realize that you don't know if you will have the chance to be back here with this trophy another time."



2013-04-21: Rafael is in action next week as he will be playing the Barcelona tournament. In his opening round, he will have a bye. You can see the full Barcelona draw here.



2013-04-20: Good news today as Rafael won his match in the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters tournament semifinals posting a 2 sets win against France`s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a 6-3, 7-6 win. In the final, Rafael will face Novak Djokovic.



2013-04-19: Good news today as Rafael won his match in the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters tournament quarterfinals posting a 3 sets win against Bulgaria`s Grigor Dimitrov, a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 win. In the semifinals, Rafael will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.



2013-04-18: Good news today as Rafael won his match in the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters tournament 3rd round posting a 2 sets win against Germany`s Philipp Kohlschreiber, a 6-2, 6-4 win. In the quarterfinals, Rafael will face Grigor Dimitrov.



2013-04-17: Very convincing effort today as Rafael won his match in the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters tournament 2nd round posting a 2 sets win against Croatia`s Marinko Matosevic, a 6-1, 6-2 win. In the 3rd round, Rafael will face Philipp Kohlschreiber.



2013-03-17: Very well done today as Rafael won his match in the BNP Paribas Open tournament final posting a 3 sets win against Argentina`s Juan Martin Del Potro, a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win.



2013-03-16: Good news today as Rafael won his match in the BNP Paribas Open tournament 1 posting a 2 sets win against Czeck Republic`s Thomas Berdych, a 6-4, 7-5 win. In the , Rafael will face Juan Del Potro.



2013-03-15: Very well done today as Rafael won his match in the BNP Paribas Open tournament final posting a 2 sets win against Switzerland`s Roger Federer, a 6-4, 6-2 win.



2013-03-14: Good news today as Rafael won his match in the BNP Paribas Open tournament semifinals posting a 3 sets win against Latvia`s Ernests Gulbis, a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 win. In the final, Rafael will face Roger Federer.



2013-03-14: Rafa is back and ready this year after beating roger Federer in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. He will face Berdych in the semifinals.



2013-03-11: Good news today as Rafael won his match in the BNP Paribas Open tournament quarterfinals posting a 0 sets win against Argentina`s Leonardo Mayer, a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 win. In the semifinals, Rafael will face Ernests Gulbis.



2013-03-10: Good news today as Rafael won his match in the BNP Paribas Open tournament 2nd round posting a 2 sets win against USA`s Ryan Harrison, a 7-6, 6-2 win. In the quarterfinals, Rafael will face Leonardo Mayer.



2013-03-11: I know that many of you are trying to figure out if Rafael Nadal is truly back. For some it's about making sure their favorite star is still on top while others are looking to bet on tennis online. No matter what the case, it's a challenge to find out if Rafael's recent matches put him right back where he was (by the far the best clay court player of all time) or if he's lost a step because of his injury troubles. I personally think that Rafa will be able to come up with his best tennis for big moments like the French Open. After all, that is exactly why he's coming back to the game and while it may not make sense for him to push too hard in smaller events, he will be willing to give everything he's got in grand slam events, especially in Roland Garros. While the level of competition also remains very high with Federer, Djokovic and Murray competing, I don't think Roger is anywhere near his top on clay and while Djoko and Murray have fantastic games, they have always played significantly safer games on clay which has simply not worked. That is the main reason why I would still consider betting on Rafael Nadal personally for the upcoming French Open. That being said, if you ask me about Wimbledon or the US Open, I'd probably have to say that his chances are much smaller. What kind of odds can you get? I looked at Will Hill and while Rafa is the favorite at 11/10, Novak Djokovic has very similar odds at 5/4 with Andy Murray being given an outside chance at best at 8/1. I would go with Rafa at those odds. What are your thoughts?



2013-03-06: Rafael is in action next week as he will be playing the Indian Wells tournament. In his opening round, he will have a bye. You can see the full Indian Wells draw here.



2013-03-03: With a record of 16-4 against David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal thinks David could be his toughest test to date. Coming from a long break due to knee injury, the Spaniard expressed that being in the finals is already a win and will try his best to perform the best way possible.



2013-03-02: Good news today as Rafael won his match in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel tournament semifinals posting a 2 sets win against Ecuador`s Nicolas Almagro, a 7-5, 6-4 win. In the final, Rafael will face David Ferrer.



2013-03-01: Good news today as Rafael won his match in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel tournament quarterfinals posting a 2 sets win against Argentina`s Leonardo Mayer, a 6-1, 7-5 win. In the semifinals, Rafael will face Nicolas Almagro.



2013-02-28: Very convincing effort today as Rafael won his match in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel tournament 2nd round posting a 2 sets win against `s M. Alund, a 6-0, 6-4 win. In the quarterfinals, Rafael will face Leonardo Mayer.



2013-02-27: Very convincing effort today as Rafael won his match in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel tournament 1st round posting a 2 sets win against `s D. Schwartzman, a 6-2, 6-2 win. In the 2nd round, Rafael will face M. Alund.



2013-02-17: Very well done today as Rafael won his match in the Brazil Open tournament final posting a 2 sets win against Argentina`s David Nalbandian, a 6-2, 6-3 win.



2013-02-16: Good news today as Rafael won his match in the Brazil Open tournament semifinals posting a 3 sets win against `s M. Alund, a 6-3, 6-7, 6-1 win. In the final, Rafael will face David Nalbandian.



2013-02-15: Good news today as Rafael won his match in the Brazil Open tournament quarterfinals posting a 3 sets win against Argentina`s Carlos Berlocq, a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win. In the semifinals, Rafael will face M. Alund.



2013-02-14: Good news today as Rafael won his match in the Brazil Open tournament 2nd round posting a 2 sets win against `s J. Souza, a 6-3, 6-4 win. In the quarterfinals, Rafael will face Carlos Berlocq.



2013-02-10: Sad news today as Rafael lost his match in VTR Open tournament losing in the final 3 sets against Argentina`s Horacio Zeballos, a 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 loss.



2013-02-10: Very convincing effort today as Rafael won his match in the VTR Open tournament semifinals posting a 2 sets win against France`s Jérémy Chardy, a 6-2, 6-2 win. In the final, Rafael will face Horacio Zeballos.