Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning the 2013 US Open. (Photo by Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Liguori: Rafael Nadal Simply Unstoppable On Hard Court

The 27-year-old Spaniard, out last year with a knee injury, came back with a vengeance, winning his eighth French Open title in June and his second US Open title, taking home $3.6 million in prize money Monday night in Flushing.

09/10/2013

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a point during his US Open men's singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Sept. 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Nadal Puts On Clinic In Final 2 Sets, Demolishes Djokovic For US Open Crown

Looking fit as can be, and tough as — maybe even better than — ever, No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal pulled away from No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Monday in a taut, tense U.S. Open final.

09/09/2013

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his men's singles semifinal match against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland on Day Thirteen of the 2013 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for the USTA)

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal Meet Again For US Open Title

The stakes are always high, the encounters always memorable. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have built the best rivalry in tennis on a mountain of big-time matches, the likes of which they’ll play Monday in the US Open final.

09/09/2013

Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka hug at the end of their 2013 US Open men's semifinals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. (Photo credit: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

Liguori: Djokovic–Wawrinka Semifinal Was An Epic!

Even though Djokovic won, the crowd was so impressed with Wawrinka’s effort and game, they gave him a well-deserved long-standing ovation after the match.

09/07/2013

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his men's singles semifinal match against Richard Gasquet of France on Day Thirteen of the 2013 US Open. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Nadal To Face No. 1 Seed Djokovic In US Open Final

Rafael Nadal is in the US Open final after victory Saturday over Richard Gasquet.

09/07/2013

Rafael Nadal plays a point against Spain's Tommy Robredo during their 2013 US Open men's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 4, 2013. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal To Face Richard Gasquet In US Open Semis

There’s video evidence out there that Rafael Nadal did, indeed, lose a tennis match to Richard Gasquet. OK, so it was half a lifetime ago, and it was at a tournament in Tarbes, France, for kids 14 and under.

09/05/2013

Flavia Pennetta of Italy embraces Roberta Vinci at the net after their women's singles quarterfinal match on Day 10 of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 4, 2013. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Azarenka And Nadal Turn Their Games Up, Earn Spots In US Open Semis

Flavia Pennetta made her first Grand Slam semifinal, defeating 10th-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday in an all-Italian quarterfinal at the US Open.

09/04/2013

Andy Murray celebrates winning his men's singles fourth round match at the US Open on September 3, 2013. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Murray, Djokovic Move Into US Open Quarterfinals; Nadal On Tap

Andy Murray is well aware things probably will get a tad tougher the rest of the way at the US Open, starting with No. 9 Stanlisas Wawrinka in the quarterfinals.

09/04/2013

Novak Djokovic (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for the USTA)

Liguori: Djokovic Cruises Into Quarters While Hewitt’s Resurgence Ends

Top seed Novak Djokovic is flying around in his own stratosphere. He hasn’t dropped a set the entire tournament and dominated Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-0, 6-0.

09/03/2013

Roger Federer of Switzerland walks off the court after being defeated by Tommy Robredo of Spain in their fourth-round men's singles match on Day 8 of the 2013 US Open. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Kallet: How Much Does Roger Federer Have Left In The Tank?

Can Federer even be considered part of the “Big Four” anymore? Will he shut me up and win another slam? I certainly hope so, but I’m not counting on it.

09/03/2013

Roberta Vinci of Italy celebrates her 6-4, 6-2 win over Camila Giorgi of Italy during their 2013 US Open women's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center September 2, 2013 in New York. (Photo credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Vinci Reaches US Open Quarterfinals After Beating Giorgi

Roberta Vinci has reached the US Open quarterfinals for the second straight year, beating fellow Italian Camila Giorgi.

09/02/2013

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates victory during his men's singles third round match against Ivan Dodig of Croatia on Day Six of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal Makes Easy Work Of Dodig In Third Round Of US Open

Second-seeded Rafael Nadal crushed yet another opponent at the US Open, beating Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in the third round Saturday.

08/31/2013

Novak Djokovic at the US Open (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Djokovic, Murray, Serena Highlight Busy Friday At US Open

Serena Williams will be back on court Friday, facing Yaroslava Shvedova in the nightcap at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Former champs Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also have matches, while two other US Open winners, Juan Martin del Potro and Lleyton Hewitt, play each other.

08/30/2013

Serena Williams (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Serena, Nadal Cruise, 17-Year-Old Duval Falls On Day 4 Of US Open

Only a few spots separate them in the seedings. Still, the considerable gulf between No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 4 Sara Errani was hard to ignore in their matches Thursday at the U.S. Open.

08/29/2013

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating Ryan Harrison of the United States during their first round men's singles match on Day One of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2013 in the Flushing neigborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

No Problems For Nadal, Spaniard Cruises Past American Harrison

The second-seeded Spaniard won 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round Monday. Nadal, the 2010 champion, skipped last year’s US Open.

08/26/2013

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