Two-time champion Rafael Nadal is making another early exit from Wimbledon, after losing in the second round to a 102nd-ranked qualifier who played the match of his life.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic was handed a favorable draw for Wimbledon on Friday as the other three members of tennis’ “Big Four” were all placed on the opposite side.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal has been seeded No. 10 for the grass-court Grand Slam, meaning he could face one of the top contenders as early as the fourth round.
It is only the second defeat for Nadal in 72 career matches at Roland Garros. The other came in the fourth round in 2009 against Robin Soderling.
Rafael Nadal could face top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the French Open quarterfinals, the toughest draw the nine-time champion has faced since becoming the “King of Clay.”
Rafael Nadal is out of the Australian Open, beaten 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (5) in the quarterfinals by seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych on Tuesday.
Rafael Nadal persevered through stomach cramps to fend off American qualifier Tim Smyczek 6-2, 3-6, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-5 in a second-round match Wednesday at the Australian Open.
Rafael Nadal pulled out of the U.S. Open on Monday because of an injured right wrist, making him the fourth reigning men’s champion in the last 45 years to sit out the tournament.
With the 55th and last swing on the longest of many long points in the U.S. Open final, Rafael Nadal pushed a backhand into the net to get broken by Novak Djokovic.
Rafael Nadal captured an unprecedented eighth French Open title on Sunday with a straight-set win over fellow Spaniard David Ferrer.
Rafael Nadal won an epic semifinal against Novak Djokovic at the French Open to remain the King of Clay _ for another couple of days, at least.
To be clear, Kiffin resigned from USC after this season to return to the NFL. But what a horrible send-off. The Trojans finished 40th in scoring defense and surrendered 730 yards to Oregon.