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Nadal wins Qatar Open, notches 61st ATP title

Nadal wins Qatar Open, notches 61st ATP title

DOHA, Qatar, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal defeated Gael Monfils in three sets Saturday at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, collecting his 61st ATP championship.
Nadal, Monfils claim spots in Qatar Open final

Nadal, Monfils claim spots in Qatar Open final

DOHA, Qatar, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal overcame a first-set loss Friday in gaining a spot in the finals of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.
Nadal gets by Gulbis, reaches semifinals in Qatar

Nadal gets by Gulbis, reaches semifinals in Qatar

DOHA, Qatar, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Rafael Nadal out-battled Ernests Gulbis for a 7-5, 6-4 win Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open tennis tournament.
Ferrer, Murray fall in Qatar Open upsets

Ferrer, Murray fall in Qatar Open upsets

DOHA, Qatar, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Top 10 players David Ferrer, Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet were all beaten Wednesday in second-round action of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.
Murray returns to ATP with shutout win

Murray returns to ATP with shutout win

DOHA, Qatar, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Andy Murray returned to ATP play Tuesday with a 6-0, 6-0 win that took just 38 minutes at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

Nadal, Djokovic top ATP rankings going into 2014

LONDON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The 2014 ATP schedule begins next week with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic solidly atop the men's rankings.
List of 2013 sports champions

List of 2013 sports champions

Sports champions for 2013
By United Press International
At year's end: Marathon bombing, baseball suspensions top news

At year's end: Marathon bombing, baseball suspensions top news

Suspensions for alleged banned substance use, a bombing at the end of the one of the most prestigious marathons and long-term issues from sports injuries top the year in sports.
JOHN HENDEL, UPI Executive Editor at Large
Serena Williams, Djokovic take ITF year-end honors

Serena Williams, Djokovic take ITF year-end honors

LONDON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- No. 2-ranked men's player Novak Djokovic and No. 1 women's player Serena Williams were selected the ITF world champions for 2013.
Djokovic adds Boris Becker to coaching staff

Djokovic adds Boris Becker to coaching staff

BELGRADE, Serbia, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- World No. 2-ranked Novak Djokovic has hired six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker as a coach.
ATP Challenger Tour winners jump in rankings

ATP Challenger Tour winners jump in rankings

LONDON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The ATP's Challenger Tour wrapped up its season with wins by Matthew Ebden, Andrey Golubev and Marton Fucsovics.
Djokovic gets rankings points, Nadal still well ahead for No. 1

Djokovic gets rankings points, Nadal still well ahead for No. 1

LONDON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic gains 150 rankings points this week for his two wins in the Davis Cup final but still trails world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.
Nadal ends 2013 as No.1, Djokovic second in ATP rankings

Nadal ends 2013 as No.1, Djokovic second in ATP rankings

LONDON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal will end 2013 as the world's No. 1-ranked tennis player but Novak Djokovic served notice he will battle to get back to the top of the rankings.
Djokovic beats Nadal for World Tour Finals title

Djokovic beats Nadal for World Tour Finals title

LONDON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic defeated world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in straight sets Monday to defend his title at the ATP's World Tour Finals.

Rafael Nadal to meet Novak Djokovic in ATP London final

LONDON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Rafael Nadal will face off against Novak Djokovic for the title of the ATP World Tour Finals after each won their semifinal matches Sunday.
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Spaniard Rafael Nadal holds the championship trophy after winning his French Open mens final match against Swede Robin Soderling at Roland Garros in Paris on June 6, 2010. Nadal defeated Soderling 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 to win his fifth French Open title in six years. UPI/David Silpa
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Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera (Catalan pronunciation: ; Spanish pronunciation: ; born 3 June 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player and a former World No. 1. As of 4 July 2011 (2011 -07-04), he is ranked No. 2 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time; his success on clay has earned him the nickname "The King of Clay", and has prompted many experts to regard him as the greatest clay court player of all time.

Nadal has won ten Grand Slam singles titles, including six French Open titles, the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles, a record 19 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, and also was part of the Spain Davis Cup team that won the finals in 2004, 2008 and 2009. He completed the career Grand Slam by winning the 2010 US Open, being the seventh player in history, and the youngest in the open era, to achieve it. He is the second male player to complete the Career Golden Slam (winner of the four grand slams and the Olympic Gold medal) after only Andre Agassi.

Nadal had a 32-match winning streak in 2008, starting at the 2008 Masters Series Hamburg to the 2008 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and Women's Open, which included titles at Hamburg, the French Open (where he did not drop a set), Queen's Club, his first ever title at Wimbledon, and the Rogers Cup. In 2011, by winning the Monte Carlo Masters, he became the only player to have won seven editions of a tournament in a row at the ATP level. Nadal was ranked world No. 2, behind Roger Federer, for a record 160 consecutive weeks before earning the top spot, which he held from 18 August 2008 to 5 July 2009. He regained the world No.1 ranking on 7 June 2010, after winning his fifth French Open title. He held it till 3 July 2011, when Novak Djokovic replaced him.

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