Nadal advances to Rome final

ROME, May 2 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal beat Fernando Gonzalez 6-3, 6-3 Saturday in one semifinal match at the Italian Masters in Rome.
Nadal raises streak with win in Rome

Nadal raises streak with win in Rome

ROME, May 1 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal increased his clay court winning streak to 28 straight Friday with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Fernando Verdasco at the Italian Masters in Rome.
Nadal, Federer reach Rome quarters

Nadal, Federer reach Rome quarters

ROME, April 30 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer advanced toward another possible showdown Thursday by reaching the quarterfinals of the Italian Masters.

Nadal leads Italian Masters winners

ROME, April 29 (UPI) -- Spain's Rafael Nadal won his 26th straight clay court match Wednesday, beating Italy's Andreas Seppi 6-2, 6-3 in the third round of the Italian Masters in Rome.
Davydenko drops out of Top 10

Davydenko drops out of Top 10

LONDON, April 27 (UPI) -- Nikolay Davydenko, who has played sparingly this year, dropped out of the Top 10 in the latest men's world tennis rankings, released Monday by the ATP.

Nadal tops Ferrer at Barcelona final

BARCELONA, Spain, April 26 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal won his fifth straight Barcelona Open title by beating fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-2, 7-5 in Sunday's final.

Nadal to meet Ferrerr in final

BARCELONA, Spain, April 25 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal beat Nikolay Davydenko in the Barcelona Open semifinals Saturday and will meet fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in Sunday's final.
Gonzalez, Ferrer, Davydenko advance

Gonzalez, Ferrer, Davydenko advance

BARCELONA, Spain, April 24 (UPI) -- Fifth-seeded Fernando Gonzalez of Chile topped Fernando Verdasco of Spain Friday to reach the semifinals of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament.

Nadal wins third-round match in Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain, April 23 (UPI) -- Men's world No. 1 Rafael Nadal blitzed Christophe Rochus in straight sets at Thursday's third round of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament.

Top seeds advance in Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain, April 22 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal led a sweep of the top three seeds into the third round Wednesday at the Barcelona Open in Spain.
Nadal sets record with Monte Carlo title

Nadal sets record with Monte Carlo title

MONTE CARLO, Monaco, April 19 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 Sunday to win the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco a fifth straight time.

Nadal, Djokovic win Monte Carlo semis

MONTE CARLO, Monaco, April 18 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were the winners in Saturday's semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters tennis tournament in Monaco.
Nadal wins twice at Monte Carlo

Nadal wins twice at Monte Carlo

MONTE CARLO, Monaco, April 17 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, one of four players who played two matches Friday at the Monte Carlo Masters, has reached the tournament semifinals.

Federer surprised in Monte Carlo

MONTE CARLO, Monaco, April 16 (UPI) -- Stanislas Wawrinka pulled off a huge upset Thursday by eliminating second-seeded Roger Federer in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters.
Nadal, Federer win in Monte Carlo

Nadal, Federer win in Monte Carlo

MONTE CARLO, Monaco, April 15 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and second-ranked Roger Federer were straight-set winners Wednesday at the $3.6 million Monte Carlo Rolex Masters in Monaco.
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Rafael Nadal
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

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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