Tags: Nadal, Rafael

On Tennis: Djokovic and Nadal Are Set for Another Epic Duel Down Under

MELBOURNE, Australia — With the benefit of hindsight it is easy to see that these past two weeks at the Australian Open have been nothing more than a warm-up for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Maybe we should have kept from wasting time on the men’s side and gone straight to the showcase, the final…

Novak Djokovic Leaves No Doubt in Winning His 7th Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — The first point of the Australian Open men’s final on Sunday told the story of all that was to come. With his opening serve, Novak Djokovic stretched Rafael Nadal wide, sending the Spaniard sprawling. Djokovic quickly had his longtime rival exactly where he wanted: off balance and unglued. In a flash, as…

Rafael Nadal, Playing a ‘Different Dimension of Tennis,’ Returns to Australian Open Final

MELBOURNE, Australia — There was nothing Stefanos Tsitsipas could do. He tried pressing forward, only to see Rafael Nadal’s whizzing replies fly beyond his reach. He tried staying patient, only to find himself being run across the baseline like a jack rabbit with a one-handed backhand. He tried simply to hang on, hoping against hope…