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Nadal should recover quickly, says coach

MADRID (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal should recover from the back problem that wrecked his Australian Open final after a few days rest, his uncle and coach Toni told Spanish radio on Monday. The ailing world number one lost to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's final, preventing the Spaniard drawing level on 14 grand slam singles titles with American Pete Sampras. Nadal needed lengthy treatment at the start of the second set, hit back to win the third but Wawrinka eventually captured his debut slam with a 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 success.

Faster courts will ruin Melbourne spectacle: Toni Nadal

MADRID (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal's uncle and coach Toni joined the world number one on Monday in criticizing Melbourne Park's faster hardcourts which, he felt, will ruin the spectacle for the Australian Open fans. The speed of the blue Plexicushion courts has polarized opinions with Roger Federer and Australian Lleyton Hewitt welcoming it while Nadal questioned the logic behind the change.

Tennis: Nadal wins through to Doha final

World number one Rafael Nadal will appear in the final of the Qatar Open for the second time after beating surprise package Peter Gojowczyk in the semi-final on Friday. Nadal's 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory confirmed him as the overwhelming favourite to take the title and do something he has never done before, win a tournament in the opening week of the year. "I never win a title in the first week of the season, and tomorrow I have another opportunity," Nadal said.

Tennis: Nadal wins through to Doha final

World number one Rafael Nadal will appear in the final of the Qatar Open for the second time after beating surprise package Peter Gojowczyk in the semi-final on Friday. Nadal's 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory confirmed him as the overwhelming favourite to take the title and do something he has never done before, win a tournament in the opening week of the year. "I never win a title in the first week of the season, and tomorrow I have another opportunity," Nadal said.

Nadal ready to empty tank to help Spain stay in top tier

(Reuters) - A tired Rafa Nadal is ready to give his all for Spain in this weekend's Davis Cup playoff against Ukraine after a draining U.S. Open brought him his 13th grand slam title. With his country's elite World Group status in the balance, Nadal is ready to put his aching limbs on the line just days after beating world number one Novak Djokovic at Flushing Meadows to win his second major of the year.

Nadal gets easy win at U.S. Open

International Sports Desk, Aug 27 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal, the No. 2 seed, made his debut at the 2013 U.S. Open with an easy 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 first-round win over American Ryan Harrison. Nadal's next opponent will be the winner of the match between Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Silva and Canada's Vasek Pospisil. The match between Dutra Silva and Pospisil was suspended due to rain Monday and will completed on Tuesday. The 27-year-old Nadal has been on a tear since returning to action in February, playing in 11 finals and winning nine titles.

Nadal adopts wait and see approach in Montreal

By Tom Bartlett MONTREAL (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal was cautious about predicting how his body would hold up in the run-in to the U.S. Open on Wednesday but did reveal that he had not missed the grind of the tennis tour during his absence from the game. The 12-times grand slam champion, who took a break after his shock defeat at Wimbledon, ended his seven week hiatus from singles competition with an impressive two-set win over Canadian wildcard Jesse Levine in the second round of the Rogers Cup.

Tennis: Nadal will bounce back for US Open, says coach

Rafael Nadal will bounce back from his shock first-round exit at Wimbledon in time for the US Open next month, his coach insisted on Thursday. The 27-year-old French Open champion suffered his earliest exit at a major when he was stunned by Belgium's Steve Darcis on the first day of Wimbledon. His straight-sets defeat to Darcis, ranked 135th in the world, led to speculation about the impact of the clay-court season on a previous injury, an inflammation of the knee cap, which curtailed Nadal's 2012 campaign.

Tennis: Coach blames Nadal's defeat on poor attitude

Rafael Nadal's coach and uncle Toni Nadal has criticised the 12-time Grand Slam champion's attitude after he suffered a shock first round exit from Wimbledon on Monday. The Spaniard was beaten 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 by world number 135 Steve Darcis to suffer his first ever defeat in the first round of a Grand Slam. And the defeat came as an even greater surprise as Nadal had been in sensational form since returning from a knee injury in February, winning seven titles and reaching the final of the other two events he had taken part in.

Brands match had me in a spin, says Nadal

By Toby Davis PARIS (Reuters) - It is rare that Rafa Nadal steps off court at the French Open and talks about being made to "suffer" at the hands of an opponent. Yet such was the impact of Daniel Brands's free-swinging display in their first-round match on Monday that the seven-times champion was left scratching his head at how the German could be ranked 59th in the world.
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