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Rafael Nadal admits doubt over planned return at Qatar Open | Tennis News – Times of India

MADRID: Rafael Nadal said Wednesday he is unsure if he will be ready to return to action in Doha next week after he withdrew from the Australian Open with a muscle tear.The Spaniard missed most of last year with a hip injury sustained in Melbourne but made his comeback at the Brisbane International in the lead-up to this year's Australian Open.However, a small muscle tear forced the 37-year-old to pull out of the season's first Grand Slam."It's going to be very tight for Doha. I've had some discomfort these past few weeks and I'm a bit on the limit," Nadal said in an interview with La Sexta television that will be broadcast in full later Wednesday."At this point every blow I take, every injury, is a setback not only in tennis and physically, but also mentally."The 22-time Grand Slam win...
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Rafael Nadal’s 2007 French Open winning racquet sells for $118K at auction | Off the field News – Times of India

Rafael Nadal's championship point-winning racquet from his 2007 French Open final triumph over Roger Federer has fetched an impressive sum of over $118,000 at an auction on Monday. This sale places the item among the highest-priced pieces of tennis memorabilia ever auctioned.Nadal beat Federer 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the 2007 final in Paris to win his third Grand Slam title before the Spaniard moved on to secure a further 19 - 14 of them at Roland Garros - becoming one of the sport's greatest players.The auctioned racquet had not only played a pivotal role in Nadal's historic French Open win but was also used in earlier matches of the tournament, including the semi-final against Novak Djokovic.Sold for $118,206 at Prestige Memorabilia's online auction, The Tennis Auction, the racquet was ...
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Jannik Sinner vs Daniil Medvedev: Australian Open Men’s Final | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Jannik Sinner's stunning victory over Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals has brought an end, at least temporarily, to the era dominated by Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal. The 22-year-old Italian, ranked fourth, is now set to face Russia's Daniil Medvedev in the men's final on Sunday, with both players vying to carve their names onto the coveted Australian Open trophy.Sinner's journey to the final has been nothing short of impressive, progressing smoothly through the draw without dropping a set until the semi-finals. His impeccable serve has been a highlight, as he didn't face a break point against Djokovic and has been broken just twice in 88 service games throughout the tournament.Reflecting on his remarkable journey, Sinner expressed confidence in ...
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Australian Open 2024: Medvedev outlasts Zverev to book Sinner showdown in Melbourne final | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Daniil Medvedev staged a remarkable comeback from the brink to defeat Alexander Zverev 5-7, 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(5), 6-3 in a captivating semi-final match on Friday, securing his spot in the Australian Open title clash.The third seed is now vying for his second Grand Slam trophy after facing heartbreak in consecutive final defeats at Melbourne Park in 2021 and 2022 against Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.Medvedev aims to turn his fortunes around when he faces Italian youngster Jannik Sinner in the final on Sunday.Positioning himself strategically well behind the baseline, Russian player Medvedev effectively countered Zverev's powerful serves and prolonged the rallies. Despite facing an early deficit due to a series of double faults, he showcased resilience by clawing his way back...
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Watch: Novak Djokovic confronts heckler at Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Novak Djokovic revealed that a heated altercation with a fan might have played a role in helping him secure victory during a challenging second-round match at the Australian Open against local favorite Alexei Popyrin on Wednesday.The world number one exhibited his characteristic mental fortitude to overcome his determined opponent, triumphing 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in a match that lasted over three hours.This victory came on the heels of a demanding first-round encounter on Sunday, where he spent over four hours on the court against teenager Dino Prizmic. Djokovic acknowledged afterward that he was "a bit under the weather" during that match.During the fourth set on Wednesday, Djokovic became involved in a contentious exchange with a spectator on Rod Laver Arena."There were...
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Novak Djokovic primed for more success in new era at Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic is set to commence his title defence at the Australian Open, starting against qualifier Dino Prizmic. The world number one, currently the last of the 'Big Three' in men's tennis following the retirement of Roger Federer and the continued absence of Rafael Nadal due to injury, is aiming to secure an unprecedented 11th Australian Open title.Melbourne Park is gearing up for its first tournament in 25 years without the presence of either Federer or Nadal. Djokovic, eyeing his 25th major title, is in a position to surpass Margaret Court's Grand Slam haul.As the top seed and defending champion, Djokovic remains a formidable force and a favorite in the tournament, with many eyes on whether he can make history once again in Melbourne.'My favourite place, no doubt'"I'm ...
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Carlos Alcaraz has sights set on Novak Djokovic and no.1 spot at Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Carlos Alcaraz is all set for the upcoming Australian Open, aiming to topple the current champion Novak Djokovic, clinch his third Grand Slam victory and reclaim the world number one ranking.The young 20-year-old Spaniard is determined to put behind an injury-ridden start to the previous year where he notably missed out on the Australian Open, where Djokovic triumphed to reclaim his top spot in the rankings.The bull-like Alcaraz, who has taken the tennis world by storm since becoming the youngest men's world number one after his U.S. Open triumph in 2022, hit back by capturing his second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon following an epic five-set final victory over Djokovic.However, after winning the 2023 U.S. Open in September, the 36-year-old Serb beat his young rival at the A...
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Dominic Thiem secures place in Australian Open main draw | Tennis News – Times of India

Dominic Thiem, the US Open winner in 2020, has secured a place in the main draw of the Australian Open following the withdrawal of Reilly Opelka, as confirmed by tournament organisers on Friday.Thiem, who recently lost to Rafael Nadal in the first round of the Brisbane International, will now directly enter the first round of the Australian Open starting on January 14, avoiding the need to go through the qualifiers.The 30-year-old Austrian, ranked 98th, made headlines by breaking the Grand Slam dominance of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic with his victory at the 2020 US Open. However, he faced a setback due to a wrist injury in the following year, sidelining him for several months. Thiem reached the Australian Open final in 2020, losing to Djokovic, and is looking to mak...
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Rafael Nadal to miss Australian Open due to muscle tear

Rafael Nadal will miss the Australian Open due to a muscle tear. The 37-year-old suffered the injury during his Brisbane International quarter-final defeat against Jordan Thompson. “During my last match in Brisbane I had a small problem on a muscle that as you know made me worried. Once I got to Melbourne I have had the chance to make an MRI and I have micro tear on a muscle, not in the same part where I had the injury and that’s good news,” the 22-time Grand Slam wrote on his X(Formerly known as Twitter) account. “Right now I am not ready to compete at the maximum level of exigence in 5 sets matches. I’m flying back to Spain to see my doctor, get some treatment and rest,” he added. I have worked very hard during the year for this comeback and as I always mentioned my goal is to be at...
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Rafael Nadal pulls out of Australian Open due to injury | Tennis News – Times of India

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Rafael Nadal runs into reality on comeback trail, squanders 3 match points to lose Brisbane QF

Those dreaming of another Rafael Nadal fairytale in Australia were handed a bitter dose of reality on Friday, as the Spaniard crashed out of the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International, losing to home-favourite Jordan Thompson 7-5, 6-7 (6), 3-6, despite having three match points.To make matters worse, after giving up the initiative, in the third and deciding set, Nadal was forced to call a medical timeout for treatment on his left hip. The 22-time Major champion, however, immediately confirmed after the match that the pain was different from the hip flexor issue he suffered at last year’s Australian Open that led to his year-long injury layoff. “I feel the muscle tired,” he was quoted as telling reporters in Brisbane by PA Media. “I mean, for sure it’s not the same like last year at...
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Rafael Nadal expresses doubt over Australian Open participation | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Rafael Nadal is unsure over his participation in the upcoming Australian Open following his loss to Jordan Thompson in the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International. The 22-time Grand Slam champions, who recently returned to the court after nearly a year on hiatus due to a hip injury suffered during the 2023 Australian Open, on Friday left the court for a medical timeout during his match against Thompson.Having undergone surgery in June and not competing for the entire previous season, the 37-year-old had chosen the Brisbane International as a preparatory event for the Australian Open, scheduled to commence on January 14. Now, uncertainties surround Nadal's readiness and potential participation in the upcoming major tournament."I hope I can train next week and play the Aus...
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Rafael Nadal stunned by Jordan Thompson in Brisbane, Coco Gauff reaches Auckland semis | Tennis News – Times of India

Rafael Nadal's Australian Open warm-up took an unexpected hit as he faced a surprising defeat against Jordan Thompson in the Brisbane International quarter-finals on Friday.Nadal was making a return after almost a year post his recovery from a hip injury.Local favorite Thompson managed to save three match points and secure a 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-3 victory against the Spanish tennis star.Having won the opener and leading 6-4 in the second-set tiebreak, Nadal was on the verge of victory before Thompson staged a remarkable comeback and went on to win in nearly three- and-half hours.Thompson broke 37-year-old Nadal in the fourth game of the final set and was 4-1 up when the Spaniard left the court on a medical timeout.Nadal, a 22-times Grand Slam champion, did return but could not stop Thompson, ...
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Rafael Nadal sends positive vibes in comeback match with straight-sets win over Dominic Thiem

Rafael Nadal put any concern about rustiness to bed following his year-long injury layoff, defeating 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem 7-5, 6-1 in routine fashion in the first round of the Brisbane International on Tuesday. Nadal, playing his first singles match since suffering a hip flexor injury in his second-round defeat at last year’s Australian Open, looked razor-sharp from the get-go, typically taking command with his big forehand and dominant play from the baseline. His serve was especially accurate, winning 90 percent of the points on his first serve and two-thirds of them on his serve in total. His movement was sharp, and he also put in plenty of returns back in play. “Today is honestly an emotional and important day for me after probably one of the toughest years of my tenni...
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Andy Murray says 2024 could be his last on Tour | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Andy Murray, a two-time Wimbledon champion hinted that 2024 might mark his farewell year with setbacks caused by illness and injuries affecting his preparation for the upcoming season.Commencing his year at the Brisbane International, Murray aims to gear up for the Australian Open scheduled for later in January.Sitting at the 42nd spot in the world rankings, the 36-year-old faced a challenging end to 2023, winning only a single match in his final four tournaments, adding to his frustrations.Murray has previously battled back from what seemed impending retirement after undergoing hip surgery in 2018.But he conceded that he will bring down the curtain on his career if the next 12 months follow the same pattern as 2023."If I was in a situation like I was at the end of last year,...
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Tennis: Rafael Nadal’s comeback could add a layer of intrigue to a sport slowly moving into the future

Perhaps the most startling of Rafael Nadal’s achievements – even more so than the ridiculous haul of 14 French Open titles – was the 912 consecutive weeks he spent in the top 10 of the world rankings. Second-best on that list in men’s tennis is Jimmy Connors, with 788.Nadal played his first competitive match in nearly a year at the Brisbane International on Sunday, losing his first-round doubles tie in straight sets. The singles tournament will start in the coming week, where his first opponent is 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem. His participation in Brisbane is a tune up for the Australian Open, in what could be his final trip down under as a competitor. The Spaniard has been in this position so many times before that crippling injury woes are as much his trademark as his lasso-lik...
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Rafael Nadal makes long-awaited comeback in Brisbane doubles defeat | Tennis News – Times of India

BRISBANE: Rafael Nadal returned to action for the first time since January at the Brisbane International on Sunday, losing his doubles match but overall showing no obvious after-effects of the hip injury that ruined his year.The 22-time Grand Slam champion, who is gearing up for the January 14-28 Australian Open, sustained the hip problem in his second round loss at Melbourne Park at the start of 2023 and ended his season early after having surgery in June.Nadal rekindled his partnership with retired veteran Marc Lopez, with whom he won an Olympic gold medal in 2016, for his comeback but the duo lost 6-4, 6-4 to Australians Max Purcell and Jordan Thompson at a packed Pat Rafter Arena.The 37-year-old was warmly welcomed by fans who held up Spanish flags and supportive messages while the ...
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Rafael Nadal leaves door open to playing beyond 2024 | Tennis News – Times of India

BRISBANE: Rafael Nadal left the door ajar Sunday to continuing after the 2024 season, but conceded there was "a high percentage" that he was on his last trip as a player to Australia.Speaking ahead of his comeback from a 12-month injury absence at the season-opening Brisbane International, the 37-year-old Spaniard said he did not know for sure what the future held."The problem about saying that's going to be my last season is I can't predict what's going on 100 percent in the future," he said."That's why I say 'probably'. It's obvious it's a high percentage that it's going to be my last time playing here in Australia."But if I am here next year, don't tell me, 'You said it was going to be your last season', because I didn't say it."You never know what's going on, you know? I can't predi...
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Novak Djokovic relishing being back in his ‘happy place’ Australia | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: As Novak Djokovic gears up to start his season at the United Cup, the world no.1 fondly referred to Australia as his 'happy place' on Saturday. Despite being denied entry to the country almost two years ago due to his stance on Covid-19 vaccinations, the 36-year-old approaches the mixed team event without holding any grudges."Always felt like... (Australia) was my happy place where I felt great, other than that situation two years ago where obviously it wasn't really enjoyable," he said."But other than that, I have always enjoyed myself, played the best tennis, and so my feelings coming into Australia this year are really positive."Djokovic said he is looking forward to facing the 58th-ranked Zhang Zhizhen in Sunday's group tie in Perth.Djokovic is targeting a record 11th Aus...