Nadal Celebrates ‘Unbelievable’ Barcelona Open Victory

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Rafael Nadal has described his victory at the Barcelona Open as unbelievable.

The victory marks his second clay court title in a row.

The Spaniard edged out Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-1 in his home country at a tournament that he has historically dominated.

The Barcelona triumph comes a week after Nadal won the Monte-Carlo Masters, as the clay court season ramps up towards the French Open.

Nadal Hopes To Win 10th Barcelona Open Title

Carlos Moya, Rafael NadalRafael Nadal is hoping that the form that saw him win the Monte Carlo Masters’ title will continue at the Barcelona Open.

The 30-year-old Spaniard claimed a record-extending 10th title at Monte Carlo on Sunday with a 6-1 6-3 victory against fellow countryman Albert Ramos.

He is currently in good form as he continues his build-up for the French Open.

Australian Open: Venus And Vandeweghe Advance To Semis

venus-williams Tennis Australian OepnVenus Williams remains on course for a first grand slam singles final since 2009 after a 6-4 7-6 quarter-final win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Australian Open for the first time in 14 years.

The 36-year-old has rolled back the years in Melbourne and was at it again earlier on Tuesday to seal a straight sets triumph over the Russian 24th seed.

Williams’ 2017 Australian Open campaign is her best since 2003, the last time she reached the last four in the year’s opening grand slam event.

That year she was runner-up to her sister Serena Williams – the pair are drawn to meet in this year’s final if they continue to win.

However, Venus will play an All-American semi-final against Coco Vandeweghe, who trashed former French Open champion Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-0 in the following quarter-final at Rod Laver Arena.

Vandeweghe blasted her way into her first grand slam semi-final with a dominant display of power Tennis to destroy Muguruza.

Rafael Nadal Happy Despite US Open Defeat

US Open, Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal, French OpenRafael Nadal says he was happy with his effort and prospects going forward this season despite suffering a shock fourth-around loss at the US Open to Frenchman Lucas Pouille.

The fourth-seeded Spaniard felt that he squandered an opportunity to do something special at flushing meadows this year with his 6-1 2-6 6-4 3-6 7-6 defeat prolonging the 14-time grand slam title winner’s quarter-final drought at major tournaments.

Playing his third consecutive five-set match, Pouille, has shown that his quarter-final advance earlier this season at Wimbledon was no fluke.

Meanwhile, top seed Novak Djokovic, has edged out unseeded Briton, Kyle Edmund, gobbling up a large serving of points in a 6-2 6-1 6-4 romp that put him into the quarter-finals.

Djokovic had a second-round walkover as Czech Jiri Vesely withdrew due to injury, and was leading 4-2 in his third-round match when Russian, Mikhail Youzhny retired with a leg ailment making it six days since his last full match.

Djokovic’s victory put him into the last eight against ninth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Wimbledon 2016: Sam Querrey Beats Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic, WimbledonWorld number one, Novak Djokovic, has been dumped out of the 2016 Wimbledon championships by Sam Querrey.

The defending champion was beaten 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 by his American opponent in their third round clash as his bid for a calendar grand slam ended on court one.

Querrey’s win ends Djokovic’s streak of 30 consecutive match wins at majors and the loss marks his earliest exit since the 2009 French Open.

The 28-year-old American said after the game, “It’s incredible, especially to do it here at Wimbledon.

“I’m so ecstatic, so happy. I played the break points well and every time he had a break point I was able to come up with a big serve.

“He came out and got the first four games, fortunately for me we had another rain delay and I got to regroup. I’m just taking it one round at a time, I’m not even sure who I’m playing next.”

Djokovic admitted that his opponent was “playing on a very high level and he deserved to win”, although he hinted at being not 100% fit.

Novak Djokovic Defeats Ward In Wimbledon Opener

Novak Djokovic, WimbledonWorld number one and defending champion, Novak Djokovic has eased past Briton, James Ward 6-love 7-6 6-4 in the first round of Wimbledon.

The 29-year-old, searching for his fourth title at Wimbledon, took the first nine games on his way to victory.

World number 177, Ward had recovered by taking the second set to a tie-break but Djokovic’s class shone through.

The Serb is looking to complete a calendar grand slam having already won the Australian and French Open in 2016.

Meanwhile, French Open champion Garbine Muguruza beat Camila Giorgi in her opening game of Wimbledon.

The Spaniard comfortably won the opening set against the Italian 6-2, before dropping the second set 7-5 after losing her serve in the final game.

But Muguruza rallied in the third set to win the match 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

Former Wimbledon champion Venus Williams of the United States also enjoyed a successful start to her tournament, with a 7-6, 6-4 victory over Croatian teenager, Donna Vekic.

Victoria Azarenka Ruled Out Of Wimbledon

Victoria Azarenka, Wimbledon, serena williamsTwo-time grand slam champion Victoria Azarenka has been ruled out of Wimbledon with a knee injury.

The 26-year-old was seeded sixth for the tournament which begins on Monday.

The two-time Wimbledon semi-finalist has not played since retiring from her first-round match against Italian Karin Knapp at last month’s French Open.

The Belarusian’s withdrawal means five-time champion Venus Williams will move up into the top eight seeds.

Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, has been plagued by foot injuries in recent years.

Meanwhile, world number one, Serena Williams says she is looking forward to playing in this year’s Wimbledon championships, describing the event as special.

Serena, who has been confirmed as the top seed in the women’s singles is aiming to win her 22nd grand slam title.

She has also been speaking on the Rio 2016 Olympics and the dreaded Zika virus that has led to the withdrawals of some high profile athletes.

Novak Djokovic Reacts To French Open Win

Novak Djokovic, French OpenFrench Open champion, Novak Djokovic, has described his victory as one of the most beautiful in his career and says being a part of the Federer/Nadal era has been a career boost.

Novak Djokovic joined the tennis greats on Sunday when he downed second seed Andy Murray 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 to claim his maiden French Open title.

Djokovic is only the third man after Don Budge and Rod Laver to hold the four majors at the same time, and the eighth man to triumph at Wimbledon and the French, U.S. and Australian Opens.

For Andy Murray, reaching the French Open final was a bonus, but he was in no mood to look for silver linings in the aftermath of yet another grand slam reverse at the hands of Novak Djokovic.

It was his fifth loss in seven blue riband finals against the Serbian world number one, and his eighth out of 10 finals in all.

Roland Garros: Muguruza Shocks Serena To Win First Grand Slam

Garbine Muguruza, Serena Williams, Roland Garros, French OpenSpain’s Garbine Muguruza outclassed world number one Serena Williams in straight sets to win her first grand slam title at the French Open.

Fourth seed Muguruza won 7-5 6-4 to make amends for losing last year’s Wimbledon final against the American.

The 22-year-old is Spain’s first female champion at Roland Garros since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1998.

“This is the big tournament in Spain and Rafa (Nadal) is our champion,” she said courtside, referring to the nine-times men’s winner who pulled out injured last week.

Serena had hoped to win a 22nd grand slam singles and tie Steffi Graf’s open-era record.

Rafael Nadal Pulls Out Of French Open

Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal, French OpenFourth seed, Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the French Open due to a wrist injury.

The nine-time champion on Friday said that he had to retire from the tournament due to a problem in his wrist.

“It’s not broken, but if I continue to play it will be broken in a few days. This is a very bad position, but that’s life.

“If this was not Roland Garros, I probably would not have taken the risk of playing in the first couple of days,” he told the media.

Nadal’s withdrawal has granted his third round opponent, Marcel Granollers a walkover into the round of 16.

This injury, which makes Nadal a major doubt for the start of Wimbledon, is also a good news for Novak Djokovic who is hoping to win his first French Open title.

Roger Federer To Miss French Open

Roger Federer, French Open has withdrawn from this year’s French Open after failing to recover from a back injury.

The 34-year-old did not play in the Madrid Open earlier this month after hurting his back during practice for the tournament.

Federer returned for the Italian Open but was beaten in the third round by Dominic Thiem.

“I regret to announce that I have made the decision not to play in this year’s French Open,” the 2009 Roland Garros champion wrote on his Facebook page.

It means Roger Federer will miss a grand slam for the first time this century.

Frenchman, Gael Monfils, has also pulled out of the tournament after complaining of having a virus.

The 29-year-old, who was born in Paris, would have been a dark horse at Roland Garros after the most consistent start to a season in his career.

Andy Murray Defeats Djokovic To Win Italian Open

Andy MurrayBritish number one, Andy Murray has won his first Italian Open title with a 6-3 6-3 victory over top seed Novak Djokovic in Rome.

It was a first win on clay against Djokovic in five attempts for the Scot, who turned 29 on the same day.

He broke serve once in the first set and twice in the second to win in one hour and 35 minutes.

Murray will return to the world number two ranking ahead of the French Open at Roland Garros, which begins on May 22.