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Nadal survives, Ferrer, Murray and Verdasco knocked out of Qatar Open

International Sports Desk, Jan 1 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal, the top seed, had to fight hard to beat Germany's Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3 Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. The tournament's No. 2 seed, Spain's David Ferrer, third-seeded Andy Murray of Britain and Spain's Fernando Verdasco, the No. 8 seed, were all knocked out of the tournament. Nadal needed two hours and 24 minutes to beat Kamke and advance to the quarters, where he will meet Latvia's Ernests Gulbis on Thursday.

Tennis: Nadal tries new treatment to prolong career

World number one Rafael Nadal has had new treatment on his troublesome knees which could help him complete a full season on the ATP Tour for the first time since 2011. The 27-year-old Spaniard also believes that it may prolong his career, but admits that the delay in restarting work during the off season has reduced his chances of regaining the Australian Open title in two weeks time. Although Nadal would not say precisely what had been done to the semi-permanent injuries, he volunteered only that it was "different" and that he is hopeful about a healthier 2014.

Tennis: Nadal tries new treatment to prolong career

World number one Rafael Nadal has had new treatment on his troublesome knees which could help him complete a full season on the ATP Tour for the first time since 2011. The 27-year-old Spaniard also believes that it may prolong his career, but admits that the delay in restarting work during the off season has reduced his chances of regaining the Australian Open title in two weeks time. Although Nadal would not say precisely what had been done to the semi-permanent injuries, he volunteered only that it was "different" and that he is hopeful about a healthier 2014.

Ferrer defeats Nadal in Abu Dhabi

International Sports Desk, Dec 27 (EFE).- Spain's David Ferrer got the better of world No. 1 Rafael Nadal at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, a hard-court exhibition event in Abu Dhabi, defeating his countryman in Friday's semifinals 6-4, 6-4. The world's third-ranked player came out on top in a 90-minute match filled with intense baseline exchanges, getting crucial service breaks late in both sets.

Spain's Ferrer begins new season with easy win over Wawrinka

Madrid, Dec 26 (EFE).- Spain's David Ferrer kicked off the new season with a convincing 7-5, 6-1 victory Thursday over Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, a hard-court exhibition event in Abu Dhabi. Wawrinka grabbed a service break early on and then took a 5-3 lead, but the world No. 3 battled back to take the next four games and the first set 7-5. Ferrer then stepped up his aggressiveness in the second set to race out to a 5-0 lead. Wawrinka managed to avoid the "bagel" but the Spaniard wrapped up the victory after an hour of play.

Spain's Ferrer says coaching change not due to personal problems

Madrid, Dec 23 (EFE).- Spanish tennis star David Ferrer, the world No. 3, said in a statement released Monday that he parted ways with his long-time coach because it was time to move on and not because of any personal problems. Ferrer said his personal relationship with coach Javier Piles "has been, is and will be very good." "After 15 years of much work, effort and sacrifice, my coach, Javier Piles, and I have decided that we have reached the end of this cycle and we believe that the best thing for both of us is to start new stages separately," Ferrer said.

Spain's Ferrer says coaching change not due to personal problems

Madrid, Dec 23 (EFE).- Spanish tennis star David Ferrer, the world No. 3, said in a statement released Monday that he parted ways with his long-time coach because it was time to move on and not because of any personal problems. Ferrer said his personal relationship with coach Javier Piles "has been, is and will be very good." "After 15 years of much work, effort and sacrifice, my coach, Javier Piles, and I have decided that we have reached the end of this cycle and we believe that the best thing for both of us is to start new stages separately," Ferrer said.

Spanish tennis star David Ferrer parts ways with long-time coach

International Sports Desk, Dec 22 (EFE).- Spanish world No. 3 David Ferrer has parted ways with his coach of 15 years, Javier Piles, and plans to begin working next year with Jose Francisco Altur. The 31-year-old tennis player revealed the change in coaches during a telephone press conference Sunday ahead of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, an exhibition tournament in Dubai. "Tomorrow I'll issue a statement because my relationship with my coach, Javier Piles, has ended three or four days ago," Ferrer said.

Tennis: Ferrer splits with long-time coach Piles

World number three David Ferrer said Sunday that he has split with coach Javier Piles after a 15-year working relationship. "Tomorrow I will make a statement because I finished my relation with my coach Javier Piles three or four days ago," Ferrer told www.sport360.com. "I am sad because it was a very familial relationship and next year I will begin with Jose Altur along with my same team."

Nadal to play exhibition in Peru

Lima, Nov 17 (EFE).- Spanish world No. 1 Rafael Nadal is in Peru, where he will play an exhibition match on Sunday against countryman David Ferrer. Nadal, who has won 13 Grand Slam titles, said on his arrival Saturday in Lima that he planned to offer fans "some great tennis." The 27-year-old Nadal flew into the international airport in the Peruvian capital aboard a private plane and was welcomed by dozens of fans. Nadal spent some time with the fans before leaving the airport.
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