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Shapovalov Outhits Wawrinka in Gripping Rally at Rotterdam 2019

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Published  February 14, 2019

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Watch as Denis Shapovalov pulls out all the stops against Stan Wawrinka at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Henk Koster.

Highlights: Nadal Wins To Guarantee Grip On World No. 1 Wimbledon

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Published  July 7, 2018

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Watch highlights as No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal defeats #NextGenATP Aussie Alex de Minaur in straight sets to advance to the Round of 16 at Wimbledon. Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images. Video courtesy of Wimbledon. Video not available in U.K. U.S.A, Italy, Austria, Germany, Spain and South America.

Nadal Beats De Minaur, Guarantees Grip On No. 1 ATP Ranking

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Published  July 7, 2018

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Rafael Nadal guaranteed that he will remain atop the ATP Rankings when the next standings are published on 16 July thanks to a comprehensive 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory against #NextGenATP Aussie Alex de Minaur on Saturday, reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon for the eighth time.

The left-handed 32-year-old is into the Round of 16 on the hallowed grass for the second consecutive year and the third time in his four most recent appearances. But now Nadal, who has made five finals at the third Grand Slam of the season (2006-08, 10-11), will attempt to advance to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2011.

The two-time champion will next face No. 19 seed Fabio Fognini or Czech left-hander Jiri Vesely. The Spaniard has been victorious in his past six FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings against Fognini (11-3 overall), but the Italian came out on top in the third round of the 2015 US Open. Nadal beat Vesely in their only previous encounter in Hamburg three years ago.

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While Nadal was in devastating form at Roland Garros, where he lifted his 11th Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy, it was tough to tell exactly how well the No. 2 seed would adjust to the lawns of Wimbledon, given he did not compete in a grass-court event ahead of The Championships. Instead, Nadal opted to recover from a 26-1, four-title clay-court season to best prepare for the rest of the campaign.

But the second seed has shown no rust, winning all nine of his sets thus far by a margin of 6-4 or greater. And while De Minaur battled until the last point — showing the trademark grit of his mentor, former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt — Nadal won 75 per cent of his service points en route to the victory.

De Minaur, the World No. 80 who cracked the Top 100 for the first time on 11 June, showed his promise with a nice mix of defence and shotmaking with his flat groundstrokes against Nadal. But the Spaniard’s pressure was unrelenting, especially with the forehand, remaining on the baseline to answer every question the Aussie’s tennis asked of him. Perhaps De Minaur’s third service game of the third set serves as a microcosm of the match — the teenager fought off a break point, but Nadal took advantage of his next opportunity with an emphatic return winner.

Nadal leads defending champion Roger Federer by 50 points in the rankings. And since he matched his performance from last year at SW19 by advancing to the Round of 16, and Federer cannot gain any more points, the Spaniard will remain ahead of the Swiss.

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Nadal is trying to capture titles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the same year for the third time, which would equal Bjorn Borg’s all-time record.