Rafael Nadal receives honorary doctorate
Rafael Nadal receives honorary doctorate

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, ranked fourth in the world, was given an honorary doctoral degree by the European University of Madrid in a ceremony attended by hundreds of students.

Rafael Nadal to play with his old racquet in Madrid Masters
Rafael Nadal to play with his old racquet in Madrid Masters

 Spain's World No.4 tennis star Rafael Nadal has said he will be playing with his old racquet in the Madrid Masters and the rest of the season in an effort to regain shot control.

Rafael Nadal to use old racquet for rest of the season
Rafael Nadal to use old racquet for rest of the season

 Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will switch back to his old racquet for the rest of the season in a bid to regain his best form.

Rafael Nadal receives Spanish award
Rafael Nadal receives Spanish award

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy awarded the Gold Medal for Merit to tennis star Rafael Nadal, who stated that "victory is accomplished through work".

Missing Djokovic opens door to Nadal in Madrid
Missing Djokovic opens door to Nadal in Madrid

For the first time this season someone other than Novak Djokovic will claim a Masters event as the Serb misses out in Madrid after winning in Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo.

Current slump is inevitable, says Rafael Nadal
Current slump is inevitable, says Rafael Nadal

Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal said his struggles at the start of the season, his worst string of results in a decade, are unavoidable moments in an athlete's career.

Rafael Nadal is favourite alongside Novak Djokovic to win French Open 2015: Roger Federer
Rafael Nadal is favourite alongside Novak Djokovic to win French Open 2015: Roger Federer

Switzerland`s 17-times Grand Slam winner Roger Federer on Monday said he still believed Rafael Nadal was the favourite to win the French Open next month despite the Spanish star`s troubled start to the clay court season.

Novak Djokovic holds top spot in tennis singles rankings
Novak Djokovic holds top spot in tennis singles rankings

With 13,845 points, Serbian star Novak Djokovic held on for the 144th week the top spot in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) singles rankings issued on Monday.

Kei Nishikori seals second title in Barcelona
Kei Nishikori seals second title in Barcelona

Japan`s Kei Nishikori claimed his second consecutive Barcelona Open title on Sunday with a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 over Spaniard Pablo Andujar.

Kei Nishikori beats Roberto Bautista​ to make Barcelona Open semis
Kei Nishikori beats Roberto Bautista​ to make Barcelona Open semis

Reigning champion Kei Nishikori moved into the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open with 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win over Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday.

`Awful` Rafael Nadal stunned by Fabio Fognini in Barcelona
`Awful` Rafael Nadal stunned by Fabio Fognini in Barcelona

Rafael Nadal`s stuttering season continued as he was stunned 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) by Italy`s Fabio Fognini at the Barcelona Open on Thursday.

Kei Nishikori, David Ferrer ease into Barcelona quarters
Kei Nishikori, David Ferrer ease into Barcelona quarters

Defending champion Kei Nishikori thrashed Colombian 15th seed Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 6-1 to move into the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open on Thursday in a repeat of last year`s final.

Rafael Nadal comfortably passes Nicolas Almagro test in Barcelona
Rafael Nadal comfortably passes Nicolas Almagro test in Barcelona

Rafael Nadal eased past Spanish compatriot Nicolas Almagro 6-3 6-1 to reach the Barcelona Open third round on Wednesday as he began his bid for a ninth title on the clay in the Catalan capital.

Rafael Nadal targets further improvement in Barcelona
Rafael Nadal targets further improvement in Barcelona

Rafael Nadal has a return to winning ways on clay in his sights as he targets a ninth title at the Barcelona Open this week.

Rafael Nadal confident he on right path despite loss to Novak Djokovic
Rafael Nadal confident he on right path despite loss to Novak Djokovic

Although comprehensively beaten by Novak Djokovic on the Monte Carlo semi-finals, claycourt king Rafa Nadal believes he is on the right path as his beloved French Open looms.

Novak Djokovic downs Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo semis
Novak Djokovic downs Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo semis

Novak Djokovic reached his fourth final at the Monte Carlo Masters on Saturday as he held off Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3.

Improving Rafael Nadal downplays clay chances against Novak Djokovic
Improving Rafael Nadal downplays clay chances against Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal insisted on Friday he was not yet ready to reclaim his long-held title of king of clay despite winning through to a semi-final against Novak Djokovic at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal to renew rivalry in Monte Carlo semis
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal to renew rivalry in Monte Carlo semis

A near flawless Novak Djokovic crushed Marin Cilic 6-0 6-3 to set up a blockbuster Monte Carlo Masters semi-final with claycourt king Rafa Nadal, who came through a testing workout by David Ferrer on Friday.

Rafael Nadal has to battle for Monte Carlo win
Rafael Nadal has to battle for Monte Carlo win

Rafael Nadal worked for nearly three hours to subdue Spanish compatriot David Ferrer 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 on Friday to seal his place in the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals.

Novak Djokovic crushes Marin Cilic for Monte Carlo semi-final spot
Novak Djokovic crushes Marin Cilic for Monte Carlo semi-final spot

Novak Djokovic crushed Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-3 on Friday to move into the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.