Nadal ousts Ivanisevic

ESTORIL, Portugal, April 14 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal improved his season's record to 15-8 Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Goran Ivanisevic in the first round of the Estoril Open.

Ivanisevic among first-round winners

MIAMI, March 24 (UPI) -- Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic moved on and former Wimbledon semifinalist Alexandra Stevenson moved out Wednesday at the Nasdaq-100 Open.

Schalken reaches quarterfinals

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 3 (UPI) -- Sjeng Schalken, seeking his 10th career title, Wednesday advanced to the quarterfinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Defending champ advances in Milan

MILAN, Italy, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Defending champion Martin Verkerk and Tommy Robredo were the only seeded players to advance Thursday in the second round of the Milan Indoors.

Top seeds advance in Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- No. 2 seed Kim Clijsters got into the Australian Open's quarterfinal Monday by beating No. 20 Silvia Farina Elia of Italy, 6-3, 6-3.

Native sons highlight play at Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- When the Australian Open continues, the home crowd could have plenty of reason to howl.

Hrbaty wins Heineken Open title

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Dominik Hrbaty rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Spanish teenager Rafael Nadal on Saturday to win the Heineken Open.

Kuerten wins at Heineken, Schalken ousted

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Gustavo Kuerten Tuesday continued his success against Alex Corretja at the Heineken Open in New Zealand.

Kuerten wins, Schalken out at Heineken

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Gustavo Kuerten continued his success Tuesday against Alex Corretja at the Heineken Open.

Top seeds win first round of Tata Open

CHENNAI, India, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Spaniard Carlos Moya and defending champ Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand were among five seeded winners Tuesday in the first round of the Tata Open.

Moya set to defend Croatia Open title

UMAG, Croatia, July 26 (UPI) -- Carlos Moya of Spain gained revenge over countryman Rafael Nadal, 6-4, 6-4, Saturday to move one win away from his third Croatia Open crown.

Moya reaches Croatian semis

UMAG, Croatia, July 25 (UPI) -- In a rematch of last year's final, top-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain stormed past countryman David Ferrer on Friday, 6-1, 6-2.

Norman moves into Croatian quarters

UMAG, Croatia, July 23 (UPI) -- Unseeded Swede Magnus Norman reached the quarterfinals at the Croatia Open Wednesday with a 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (7-3) victory over Sasa Tuksar.

Moya advances in Croatia

UMAG, Croatia, July 22 (UPI) -- Defending champion and top-seeded Carlos Moya and No. 2 Fernando Gonzalez advanced to the second round Tuesday at the Croatia Open.

Lapentti saves five match points

BASTAD, Sweden, July 11 (UPI) -- Nicolas Lapentti saved five match points Friday en route to his first semifinal appearance in an ATP Tour event in more than a year.
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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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