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LIVE Rafael Nadal - Simone Bolelli French Open men - 28 May 2018 - Eurosport.co.uk

French Open – Follow the Tennis match between Rafael Nadal and Simone Bolelli live with Eurosport. The match starts at 10:00 on 28 May 2018. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen. Head-to-head: see historical stats and ...

French Open: Nadal, Djokovic headline Day 2 action - Sportstarlive

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal begins his French Open title defence on Monday with a clash against Italy's Simone Bolelli on Court Philippe-Chatrier. Novak Djokovic, looking to get back to winning ways on the biggest stage following elbow surgery, takes on ...

French Open 2018: The Science Behind Nadal's Clay-Court Dominance Explained - beIN SPORTS USA

Nadal has lost just 36 of his 444 ATP matches on clay and this month set an Open Era record for the most successive sets won on a single surface, surpassing John McEnroe's 49 on carpet with 50 on clay. It is an unprecedented level of supremacy. To get ...

Sportsworld - BBC Sport

World Number One Rafael Nadal has won the French Open a record 10 times! The Spaniard is dominant on clay, but one man who knows how to beat him at Roland Garros is Sweden's Robin Söderling - who knocked Nadal out in the fourth round back in ...

Date and time: Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova's first match in Paris - Tennis World

Many top players will make their debut at the French Open on Monday. Rafael Nadal is definitely the most awaited one, having won ten times here. The Spaniard will face the Italian lucky loser Simone Bolelli as last match on Philippe Chatrier Stadium ...

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal might just have a budding bromance - Tennis Magazine

Last week, Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome. Rafa would go on to win the tournament, but what stood out at the event was Djokovic's return to form. For the first time in over a year, Djokovic ...

Rafael Nadal vs Simone Bolelli: French Open first round preview and prediction - RealSport101

Nadal and Bolelli have met five times so far in their careers and it is not a match up that has favoured the Italian, who has lost them all. Their first meeting came in 2009 in Rotterdam, in the round of 32. Bolelli played well to win the first set ...

Rafael Nadal builds the 'perfect tennis player' - Tennis World

Who is the ideal player according to Rafael Nadal? In an interview to the French newspaper Le Figaro ahead of the French Open, the Spaniard tried to answer this question by choosing several players. His selection included a mix of players like Novak ...

Rafael Nadal explains the mentality behind his Roland Garros dominance - Tennis Magazine

"I think it takes a combination of things—a good mentality, a passion for what to do, love of sport, a little bit of luck and finally, the constant desire to improve, to have that on court every day," Nadal told Le Figaro in an interview published in ...

4 players who can defeat Nadal at the French Open - Essentially Sports (blog)

Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly the king of clay. He has won a record 10 French Open titles with his latest coming in 2017. He won his first title there in 2005 and has not looked back since. Incredibly, in all these years, he has only been defeated by ...

Rafael Nadal backs HUGE change to tennis rules ahead of French Open - Express.co.uk

But over the next 10 years he would like to see the governing body get rid of the second serve to try and focus on perfection. Tennis is one of the only sports where players get a second chance of starting a point - but Nadal wants that reduced to one ...

French Open Day 2 schedule: Order of play with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova - Metro

Rafael Nadal will begin his charge for an 11th French Open title on Monday as he competes in the last match on Philippe-Chatrier. The world No. 1 closes the session against Italy's Simone Bolelli, following Petra Kvitova, Novak Djokovic and Caroline ...

French Open 2018: A look at top male contenders who could challenge Rafael Nadal for Roland Garros title - Firstpost

Biggest weapon: Nadal's trademark whipped topspin forehand can bully the best opponent. Its fizzing bounce means he can control the court like no other player on clay. His left-handed serve is also potent and his backhand is better than ever. Add in ...

Roger Federer announces shock French Open plans… Rafael Nadal may not like this - Express.co.uk

Roger Federer hasn't competed in the French Open since 2015 when he reached the quarter-finals where he lost to eventual runner-up Stan Wawrinka. The tournament has been the one blot on an otherwise trophy-laden career for Federer, having won only ...

Rafael Nadal wary of Novak Djokovic threat as world No 1 targets 11th French Open title - SkySports

Rafael Nadal insists Novak Djokovic remains a major threat to his hopes of an 11th French Open crown. Serbian Djokovic has struggled to find his best form during a difficult few months having undergone elbow surgery. The former world number one is the ...

Roger Federer makes incredible Rafael Nadal claim ahead of French Open - Express.co.uk

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have won 36 Grand Slams between them in what will go down in history as one of the greatest tennis rivalries ever. The duo have each been on the receiving of some heartbreaking moments while also treating fans to plenty ...

Craig O'Shannessy speaks about strange tactic against Rafael Nadal - Tennis World

A month ago Craig O'Shannessy suggested that opponents should serve under-arm when Rafael Nadal often plays on the back of the court, away from the baseline on clay. 'Rafa backs up so far when he's receiving serve he's halfway to Moscow.

'Facing Rafael Nadal would be the ultimate challenge' - Lucas Pouille - Tennis World

It's almost two years now since Lucas Pouille defeated Rafael Nadal at the 2016 US Open. Now the Frenchman hopes to do the same at the French Open, his country's Grand Slam. 'Playing Rafa on Chatrier would be the ultimate challenge. It's not scaryimg ...

French Open 2018, men's preview: Rafael Nadal draws easy path to 11th title; loaded bottom half sets up intriguing ... - Firstpost

The men's singles draw at the French Open is a study in contrast – in the top half, Rafael Nadal towers over an easy section, and a stacked bottom half promises plenty of intrigue and fireworks. To be fair, it's almost impossible to imagine a difficult ...

Les confidences de Rafael Nadal, la légende de Roland-Garros - Le Figaro

Une période au cours de laquelle Rafael Nadal défend un statut, des titres, des points, engrange depuis plus d'une décennie les succès, sans lasser, avale au triple galop les marches qui le conduisent à Roland-Garros, le «championnat du monde sur terre ...

Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera ">[rəfəˈɛɫ nəˈðaɫ pəˈɾeɾə], Spanish: [rafaˈel naˈðal paˈɾeɾa]; born 3 June 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player. He is widely regarded as the greatest clay-court player in history, and owing to his dominance and success on the surface, he has been titled "The King of Clay". His evolution into an all-court threat has established him as one of the greatest players in tennis history, with some considering Nadal to be the greatest player of all time.

Rafael Nadal
Rafa Nadal (Spain).jpg
Nadal at 2016
Full name Rafael Nadal Parera
Country (sports) Spain Spain
Residence Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain
Born (1986-06-03) 3 June 1986 (age 30)
Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 2001
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand), born right-handed
Coach(es) Toni Nadal (1990–)
Carlos Moyá (2017)
Prize money

US$ 78,688,782

Official website rafaelnadal.com
Singles
Career record 806–173
Career titles 69
Highest ranking No. 1 (18 August 2008)
Current ranking No. 9 (21 November 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (2009)
French Open W (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Wimbledon W (2008, 2010)
US Open W (2010, 2013)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals F (2010, 2013)
Olympic Games W (2008)
Doubles
Career record 130–71
Career titles 11
Highest ranking No. 26 (8 August 2005)
Current ranking No. 115 (10 October 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2004, 2005)
Wimbledon 2R (2005)
US Open SF (2004)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (2004, 2008, 2009, 2011)
Last updated on: 7 November 2016.

Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera ([rəfəˈɛɫ nəˈðaɫ pəˈɾeɾə], [rafaˈel naˈðal paˈɾeɾa]; born 3 June 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player. He is widely regarded as the greatest clay-court player in history, and owing to his dominance and success on the surface, he has been titled "The King of Clay". His evolution into an all-court threat has established him as one of the greatest players in tennis history, with some considering Nadal to be the greatest player of all time.

Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam singles titles, the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles, 28 titles in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, and 17 ATP World Tour 500 tournaments (a record tied with Roger Federer). He was also a member of the winning Spain Davis Cup team in 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2011. In 2010, he became the seventh player in history and youngest of four in the Open Era to achieve the Career Grand Slam at age 24. He is the second male player, after Andre Agassi, to complete the singles Career Golden Slam. In 2011, Nadal was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year. The left-hander is the sixth player in the Open Era to reach more than 100 finals on the ATP World Tour.

Nadal and Mats Wilander are the only two male players in history who have won at least two Grand Slam titles on three different surfaces—hard court, grass, and clay. By winning the 2014 French Open, Nadal became the third player to win a single Grand Slam tournament nine times (Martina Navratilova 9, Margaret Court 11) and the first to win at least one Grand Slam tournament for ten consecutive years, breaking the record of eight consecutive years previously shared by Björn Borg, Pete Sampras, and Roger Federer. Nadal holds the record after winning his eighth straight Monte-Carlo Masters in 2012 and is the only player in the open era to achieve such a feat. Nadal is the only male player in tennis history to win one Grand Slam and Masters 1000 title for ten consecutive years from 2005–2014. He equalled Guillermo Vilas's all-time record of 49 clay court titles by winning the Barcelona Open in 2016.