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Tennis: Djokovic routs Nadal to win fourth Miami title

Six-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic claimed his fourth Miami Masters crown with a dominating straight sets win over world number one Rafael Nadal on Sunday. Second seed Djokovic cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win in the men's final of the combined ATP and WTA Tour hardcourt tournament. "I played a great match everything was working really well," Djokovic said. "I didn't give him a chance to come back in the match. I am really excited."

Nadal through to Miami semis with 3-set win over Raonic

Miami, Mar 28 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals of the Sony Open Tennis with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory here over Canadian Milos Raonic, whose huge first serve put a scare into the world No. 1. Nadal came into Thursday night's match not having lost his serve in three matches but he gifted away a service game late in first set with double faults, leaving himself little margin for error the rest of the way against his powerful opponent.

Nadal trounces Fognini to advance to Miami quarterfinals

Miami, Mar 26 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal continued his quest for his first Miami title, routing Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Sony Open Tennis. The Italian couldn't find the court in the early going of Tuesday night's match, making 10 unforced errors in the first three games to allow the world No. 1 to race out to an early double-break lead. By contrast, Nadal came out strong from the outset, hitting heavy topspin ground strokes off both sides - as well as backhand slices - with depth and precision.

Nadal trounces Fognini to advance to Miami quarterfinals

Miami, Mar 26 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal continued his quest for his first Miami title, routing Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Sony Open Tennis. The Italian couldn't find the court in the early going of Tuesday night's match, making 10 unforced errors in the first three games to allow the world No. 1 to race out to an early double-break lead. By contrast, Nadal came out strong from the outset, hitting heavy topspin ground strokes off both sides - as well as backhand slices - with depth and precision.

Spanish university regrets controversy over doctorate for tennis star Nadal

Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Mar 25 (EFE).- University of the Balearic Islands, or UIB, president Llorenç Huguet said Tuesday it was a shame that opposition from members of the university community had led to Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal deciding to turn down an honorary from the institution. The world No. 1 told the UIB Monday that he did not wish to receive the honor because he wanted to avoid having the controversy affect the higher education institution.

Tennis: Dolgopolov stuns Nadal at Indian Wells

Alexandr Dolgopolov toppled world number one and defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) Monday in the third round of the Indian Wells ATP Masters. Ukraine's Dolgopolov, ranked 31st in the world and seeded 28th in the first Masters tournament of the year, notched his first victory over the Spanish superstar after five prior defeats. The most recent of those was in the claycourt final at Rio de Janeiro two weeks ago. Nadal had reached the semi-finals at Indian Wells every year since 2006, winning the title in 2007, 2009 and last year.

Tennis: Dolgopolov stuns Nadal at Indian Wells

Alexandr Dolgopolov toppled world number one and defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) Monday in the third round of the Indian Wells ATP Masters. Ukraine's Dolgopolov, ranked 31st in the world and seeded 28th in the first Masters tournament of the year, notched his first victory over the Spanish superstar after five prior defeats. The most recent of those was in the claycourt final at Rio de Janeiro two weeks ago. Dolgopolov next faces Italy's Fabio Fognini, a 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 winner over France's Gael Monfils.

Tennis: Nadal battles into Indian Wells third round

World number one and defending champion Rafael Nadal held off determined Radek Stepanek 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday to reach the third round of the Indian Wells ATP Masters. Nadal, who had won all six of his prior encounters with the talented Czech, appeared to have gained control of this one when he won the second set with a single service break and broke again to open the third set.

Tennis: Aussie Open defeat still stings for Nadal

Rafael Nadal launches his Indian Wells ATP Masters title defence still feeling the sting of his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the Australian Open final. "It was one of the toughest moments of my career," said the world number one from Spain, who was hindered by a sore back in that four-set defeat by the in-form Swiss. "It's tough to be there for an hour and a half knowing you will not win. Not winning is not the most important thing -- the worst thing is knowing you will not compete."

Tennis star Rafa Nadal to receive honorary doctorate from Spanish university

Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Mar 4 (EFE).- Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the Balearic Islands, or UIB, in recognition of his athletic achievements and the values he has upheld during his career, the higher education institution said. Nadal, who was born and makes his home in Manacor, a town on the Balearic Island of Mallorca, has shown a commitment to excellence, making him "one of the greatest athletes of all time," UIB said in a statement.
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