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Nadal pads lead as ATP No. 1-ranked player

Nadal pads lead as ATP No. 1-ranked player

LONDON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal collected title No. 62 and increased his hold on the ATP No. 1-ranking to 4,000 points.

Rafael Nadal bests Dolgopolov in Rio for second 2014 title

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Rafael Nadal won his second title of the season and 62nd of his career Sunday, besting Alexandr Dolgopolov in the final of the Rio Open.

Rafael Nadal survives tiebreaker, David Ferrer falls in Rio semifinals

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Top-ranked Rafael Nadal survived a long tiebreaker but second-seeded David Ferrer fell in an upset Saturday in the semifinal round of the inaugural Rio Open.

Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer through to semifinals at Rio Open

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Top-ranked Rafael Nadal breezed in a third-round match and David Ferrer overcame a rain delay to join him in the semifinals of the Rio Open Friday.

Rafael Nadal, Fabio Fognini gain Rio Open quarterfinals

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Rafael Nadal breezed to a second-round victory and Fabio Fognini also advanced Thursday at the Rio Open.

Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer roll to first-round Rio Open victories

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and second-seeded David Ferrer each posted convincing first-round victories Tuesday on Day 2 of the Rio Open in Brazil.
Ferrer, Berdych both climb in ATP Top 10

Ferrer, Berdych both climb in ATP Top 10

LONDON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Tournament wins by David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych improved their Top 10 ATP rankings, which were updated Monday.
Monfils up in ATP rankings, tightens Top 10 standings

Monfils up in ATP rankings, tightens Top 10 standings

LONDON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Gael Monfils moves up seven places in the ATP rankings and tightens the rankings-points difference for No. 9 Richard Gasquet and 10th-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Mayer ousts former champion in Chile

VINA DEL MAR, Chile, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Leonardo Mayer surprised second-seeded Tommy Robredo Wednesday in the second round of the Chile Open.
No. 9 Gasquet puts ranking on line at French tournament

No. 9 Gasquet puts ranking on line at French tournament

LONDON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Richard Gasquet, the only Top 10 player scheduled to play this week, looks to defend his title at the ATP's tournament in France.
Germany within one win of ousting Spain in Davis Cup

Germany within one win of ousting Spain in Davis Cup

FRANKFURT, Germany, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Florian Mayer won in five sets to back a Philipp Kohlschreiber victory Friday and put Germany ahead 2-0 in a Davis Cup first-round series against Spain.
Federer, Wawrinka have Swiss in front in Davis Cup

Federer, Wawrinka have Swiss in front in Davis Cup

NOVI SAD, Serbia, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka lost only one set between them Friday in building a 2-0 Swiss lead in a best-of-five Davis Cup series against Serbia.
Spain's Marrero-Verdasco doubles team keys series in Germany

Spain's Marrero-Verdasco doubles team keys series in Germany

FRANKFURT, Germany, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco were teamed together for the key doubles match for Spain in its Davis Cup first-round series in Germany.
Wawrinka climbs to No. 3 in men's tennis rankings

Wawrinka climbs to No. 3 in men's tennis rankings

LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Stanislas Wawrinka, who beat the two top-ranked players in claiming the Australian Open title, jumped five places to world No. 3 Monday.
Wawrinka tops Nadal, wins Australian Open championship

Wawrinka tops Nadal, wins Australian Open championship

MELBOURNE, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Stanislas Wawrinka defeated world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in four sets Sunday in earning his first Grand Slam title in the men's final of the Australian Open.
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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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