Tennis star Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal pulled out of the London Olympics on Thursday due to injury.

It was business as usual at the Barcelona Open for Rafael Nadal, but Novak Djokovic's poor 2018 continued.
Nadal in control, as Djokovic, Nishikori exit in Barcelona
It was business as usual at the Barcelona Open for Rafael Nadal, but Novak Djokovic's poor 2018 continued.
Kei Nishikori of Japan returns the ball to Guillermo Garcia Lopez during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Djokovic loses to 140th-ranked Klizan; Nadal advances
Kei Nishikori of Japan returns the ball to Guillermo Garcia Lopez during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Kei Nishikori of Japan, right, shakes hands with Guillermo Garcia Lopez after retiring from his match during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Djokovic loses to 140th-ranked Klizan; Nadal advances
Kei Nishikori of Japan, right, shakes hands with Guillermo Garcia Lopez after retiring from his match during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Novak Djokovic reacts during his match against Martin Klizan at the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Djokovic loses to 140th-ranked Klizan; Nadal advances
Novak Djokovic reacts during his match against Martin Klizan at the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Kei Nishikori of Japan returns the ball to Guillermo Garcia Lopez during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Djokovic loses to 140th-ranked Klizan; Nadal advances
Kei Nishikori of Japan returns the ball to Guillermo Garcia Lopez during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Kei Nishikori of Japan reacts retires from his match against Guillermo Garcia Lopez during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Djokovic loses to 140th-ranked Klizan; Nadal advances
Kei Nishikori of Japan reacts retires from his match against Guillermo Garcia Lopez during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Guillermo Garcia Lopez returns the ball to Kei Nishikori of Japan during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Djokovic loses to 140th-ranked Klizan; Nadal advances
Guillermo Garcia Lopez returns the ball to Kei Nishikori of Japan during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to Roberto Carballes during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Djokovic loses to 140th-ranked Klizan; Nadal advances
Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to Roberto Carballes during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Kei Nishikori of Japan returns the ball to Guillermo Garcia Lopez during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Djokovic loses to 140th-ranked Klizan; Nadal advances
Kei Nishikori of Japan returns the ball to Guillermo Garcia Lopez during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Guillermo Garcia Lopez returns the ball to Kei Nishikori of Japan during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Djokovic loses to 140th-ranked Klizan; Nadal advances
Guillermo Garcia Lopez returns the ball to Kei Nishikori of Japan during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Kei Nishikori of Japan reacts retires from his match against Guillermo Garcia Lopez during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Djokovic loses to 140th-ranked Klizan; Nadal advances
Kei Nishikori of Japan reacts retires from his match against Guillermo Garcia Lopez during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Kei Nishikori of Japan walks off the court as he retires from his match against Guillermo Garcia Lopez during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Djokovic loses to 140th-ranked Klizan; Nadal advances
Kei Nishikori of Japan walks off the court as he retires from his match against Guillermo Garcia Lopez during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FILE - In this March 23, 2018, file photo, Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, walks to his chair during his match against Benoit Paire, of France, at the Miami Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla. Djokovic has split with Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek in the latest in a series of coaching changes for the 12-time major champion. Djokovic announced the moves Wednesday, April 4, 2018, on his website. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
Djokovic loses to 140th-ranked Klizan; Nadal advances
FILE - In this March 23, 2018, file photo, Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, walks to his chair during his match against Benoit Paire, of France, at the Miami Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla. Djokovic has split with Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek in the latest in a series of coaching changes for the 12-time major champion. Djokovic announced the moves Wednesday, April 4, 2018, on his website. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
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Mailbag: Appreciating Rafael Nadal's Jaw-Dropping Brilliance on Clay
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Roberto Carballes Baena put in a brave performance, but Rafael Nadal's love affair with the Barcelona Open continued in round two.
Nadal overcomes plucky Carballes Baena to make more clay history
Roberto Carballes Baena put in a brave performance, but Rafael Nadal's love affair with the Barcelona Open continued in round two.
Rafael Nadal won his 36th consecutive set of clay court tennis, dropping an average of two games per set, to claim his 11th Monte Carlo title. Afterwards, the Tennis Podcast team found themselves asking who can stop him on the surface, and how? Presenter David Law was joined by Telegraph Sport tennis correspondent Simon Briggs to work their way through the potential candidates to ‘do a Robin Soderling’ - who beat Nadal at the French Open in 2009 - and how. Is it an in-form Juan Martin Del Potro? Could Novak Djokovic return to exert his former hold over the clay court master? Maybe big John Isner? Or is it simply impossible if Nadal is fit and at his best? They also wonder whether underarm serving might be a legitimate tactic to use against Nadal, given that he operates so far back behind his baseline. The Fed Cup weekend results are discussed - Great Britain’s narrow, heartbreaking defeat to Japan, and the wins for Czech Republic and the United States to reach the final. Was there anything that the British team or captain could/should have done differently? Briggs was in Miami when the controversy over Caroline Wozniacki’s treatment by the crowd erupted, and he gives his view about the reaction of the tournament, and also tells us the story of Rob Fahey and Camden Riviere, the ‘Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal of Real Tennis’, who will face off at The Queen’s Club this week. The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly throughout the year and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport, and presented by Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport). How to listen: The Tennis Podcast can be listened to on any smartphone, tablet or computer. iTunes - https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fpo.st%2fTP402Apple&t=1524785915&sig=kBYE9ADQdoeN6Gm9jL9.BA--~D Acast - http://po.st/TP402 Download - http://po.st/TP402Download Android - search ‘Tennis’ on any podcast-playing app such as Outcast.
The Tennis Podcast: Who can stop Rafael Nadal on clay - and how?
Rafael Nadal won his 36th consecutive set of clay court tennis, dropping an average of two games per set, to claim his 11th Monte Carlo title. Afterwards, the Tennis Podcast team found themselves asking who can stop him on the surface, and how? Presenter David Law was joined by Telegraph Sport tennis correspondent Simon Briggs to work their way through the potential candidates to ‘do a Robin Soderling’ - who beat Nadal at the French Open in 2009 - and how. Is it an in-form Juan Martin Del Potro? Could Novak Djokovic return to exert his former hold over the clay court master? Maybe big John Isner? Or is it simply impossible if Nadal is fit and at his best? They also wonder whether underarm serving might be a legitimate tactic to use against Nadal, given that he operates so far back behind his baseline. The Fed Cup weekend results are discussed - Great Britain’s narrow, heartbreaking defeat to Japan, and the wins for Czech Republic and the United States to reach the final. Was there anything that the British team or captain could/should have done differently? Briggs was in Miami when the controversy over Caroline Wozniacki’s treatment by the crowd erupted, and he gives his view about the reaction of the tournament, and also tells us the story of Rob Fahey and Camden Riviere, the ‘Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal of Real Tennis’, who will face off at The Queen’s Club this week. The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly throughout the year and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport, and presented by Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport). How to listen: The Tennis Podcast can be listened to on any smartphone, tablet or computer. iTunes - http://po.st/TP402Apple Acast - http://po.st/TP402 Download - http://po.st/TP402Download Android - search ‘Tennis’ on any podcast-playing app such as Outcast.
Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after missing return against Japan's Kei Nishikori during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after missing return against Japan's Kei Nishikori during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament against Japan's Kei Nishikori in two sets, 6-3, 6-2, in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament against Japan's Kei Nishikori in two sets, 6-3, 6-2, in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
A Japanese flag is seen as Japan's Kei Nishikori prepares to serve against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
A Japanese flag is seen as Japan's Kei Nishikori prepares to serve against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the first set 6-3 against Japan's Kei Nishikori during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the first set 6-3 against Japan's Kei Nishikori during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament against Japan's Kei Nishikori in two sets, 6-3, 6-2, in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament against Japan's Kei Nishikori in two sets, 6-3, 6-2, in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Bulgaria's Gregor Dimitrov in their semifinal singles match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Saturday April 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Bulgaria's Gregor Dimitrov in their semifinal singles match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Saturday April 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Spain's Rafael Nadal, left, and Japan's Kei Nishikori pose for photographers ahead of the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
Spain's Rafael Nadal, left, and Japan's Kei Nishikori pose for photographers ahead of the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Japan's Kei Nishikori reaches to return against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
Japan's Kei Nishikori reaches to return against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament against Japan's Kei Nishikori in two sets, 6-3, 6-2, in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament against Japan's Kei Nishikori in two sets, 6-3, 6-2, in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Japan's Kei Nishikori checks the line to determine whether to ball was in or out during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament against Spain's Rafael Nadal in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
Japan's Kei Nishikori checks the line to determine whether to ball was in or out during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament against Spain's Rafael Nadal in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after missing return against Japan's Kei Nishikori during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after missing return against Japan's Kei Nishikori during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament against Japan's Kei Nishikori in two sets, 6-3, 6-2, in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament against Japan's Kei Nishikori in two sets, 6-3, 6-2, in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament against Japan's Kei Nishikori in two sets, 6-3, 6-2, in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament against Japan's Kei Nishikori in two sets, 6-3, 6-2, in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Japan's Kei Nishikori returns against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
Japan's Kei Nishikori returns against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Japan's Kei Nishikori prepares to serve against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
Japan's Kei Nishikori prepares to serve against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Japan's Kei Nishikori during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Japan's Kei Nishikori during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament against Japan's Kei Nishikori in two sets, 6-3, 6-2, in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament against Japan's Kei Nishikori in two sets, 6-3, 6-2, in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the first set 6-3 against Japan's Kei Nishikori during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the first set 6-3 against Japan's Kei Nishikori during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Japan's Kei Nishikori gestures after missing a return against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
Japan's Kei Nishikori gestures after missing a return against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the first set 6-3 against Japan's Kei Nishikori during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the first set 6-3 against Japan's Kei Nishikori during the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
World number one Rafael Nadal may be as impressive as ever, but he is well aware that his career will have to end some day.
This won't happen forever - dominant Nadal reflects on latest success
World number one Rafael Nadal may be as impressive as ever, but he is well aware that his career will have to end some day.
Rafael Nadal became the first man in the Open era to win the same tournament 11 times (AFP Photo/Yann COATSALIOU)
Rafael Nadal became the first man in the Open era to win the same tournament 11 times
Rafael Nadal became the first man in the Open era to win the same tournament 11 times (AFP Photo/Yann COATSALIOU)
Nishikori started well, but threw away an early break and never recovered as Nadal went from strength to strength (AFP Photo/Yann COATSALIOU)
Nishikori started well, but threw away an early break and never recovered as Nadal went from strength to strength
Nishikori started well, but threw away an early break and never recovered as Nadal went from strength to strength (AFP Photo/Yann COATSALIOU)
Rafael Nadal eased to an 11th Monte Carlo title by swatting aside Kei Nishikori (AFP Photo/Yann COATSALIOU)
Rafael Nadal eased to an 11th Monte Carlo title by swatting aside Kei Nishikori
Rafael Nadal eased to an 11th Monte Carlo title by swatting aside Kei Nishikori (AFP Photo/Yann COATSALIOU)

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