Roddick, Fish lead U.S. Davis Cup team

NEW YORK, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe said Thursday Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish will play singles in the Davis Cup finals against Spain next month.

Moya, Ferrero to lead Spain against U.S.

BARCELONA, Spain, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Spain's team for next month's Davis Cup final against the United State will include Carlos Moya and Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Davydenko, Nadal,Volandri, Ferrer win

PALERMO, Italy, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Nikolay Davydenko, Rafael Nadal, Filippo Volandri and David Ferrer, all seeded in the top 10, won opening matches in the Palermo International Tuesday.

Spain, U.S. will meet for Davis Cup title

ALICANTE, Spain, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- A singles victory Sunday sent Spain into the December Davis Cup finals against the United States.

Spain takes 2-1 Davis Cup lead over France

ALICANTE, Spain, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Spain led France 2-1 in the Davis Cup Saturday after a victory in doubles.

Roddick sweeps into third round

NEW YORK, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Andy Roddick and No. 4 seed Lleyton Hewitt both advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open Friday.

Rafael Nadal wins first ATP title

SOPOT, Poland, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Spaniard Rafael Nadal, 18, won his first ATP singles title Sunday by beating Argentina's Jose Acasuso 6-3, 6-4 in the finals of the Idea Prokom Open.

Top seed pulls out of rain-delayed Prokom

SOPOT, Poland, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Top-seeded French Open champion Anastasia Myskina of Russia pulled out of the rain-delayed Idea Prokom Tennis Open at Sopot, Poland Friday.

Safin advances in first round in Sopot

SOPOT, Poland, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Australian Open runner-up Marat Safin of Russia defeated Spaniard Galo Blanco 7-5, 6-2, Tuesday in the first round at the Ides Prokom Open.

Gaudio reaches Mercedes semifinals

STUTTGART, Germany, July 16 (UPI) -- French Open champion Gaston Gaudio of Argentina defeated Czech Jiri Novak Friday to gain the semifinals of Germany's Mercedes Cup.

Gaudio reaches quarters with two wins

STUTTGART, Germany, July 15 (UPI) -- Current French Open champion Gaston Gaudio of Argentina was forced to win twice Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Mercedes Cup.

Gaudio reaches Swedish Open semifinals

BASTAD, Sweden, July 9 (UPI) -- French Open champion Gaston Gaudio reached the Swedish Open semifinals Friday with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Rafael Nadal of Spain.

Gaudio reaches quarterfinals

BASTAD, Sweden, July 8 (UPI) -- Second seed Gaston Gaudio posted a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Olivier Patience Thursday, keeping alive his bid for a second title in a month.

Safin advances to Estoril semifinals

ESTORIL, Portugal, April 16 (UPI) -- Russian Marat Safin reached the semifinals of the Estoril Open in Portugal Friday with a victory over fourth-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain.

Safin advances in Portugal

ESTORIL, Portugal, April 15 (UPI) -- Marat Safin, seeking his first title since 2002, moved a step closer Thursday with a second-round win at the Estoril Open.
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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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