Nick Kyrgios hits tweener winner against Rafael Nadal (Video)

Nick Kyrgios tweener19-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios beat No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal in the fourth round at Wimbledon Tuesday, and shots like this one proved that things were going his way.

After taking the first set 7-6, Nadal was serving at 3-3 in the second and up 40-0 when he caught Kyrgios on the run. After trying to hit behind Kyrgios, the Australian hit the breaks and went between his legs for a sick tweener winner.

Nadal won the set 7-5, but Kyrgios won the next two to take the match.

Roger Federer wants Rafael Nadal called for time violations

Roger Federer racketRoger Federer believes the rules should be applied equally to all players when it comes to time violations, and that includes Rafael Nadal.

Federer talked last week about the time rules at Wimbledon and had a response when informed that Nadal was averaging 25 seconds in between points during a match Thursday against Lukas Rosol. At grand slam events, only 20 seconds are allowed.

“You cannot take 25 seconds. I mean, I know you need to focus. That you can do in 10 seconds,” said Federer, who has had an issue for years with Nadal taking so long between points. “It just can’t be that we only see two points per minute. Of course you need to give leeway [after] tough rallies and to somebody who needs a bit more time. I’m fine with that. I watched some matches, I don’t remember who it was, but they were playing so slow I was like, OK, I really can’t watch it. It’s going too slow for me.”

Nadal responded to Federer’s comments.

“It comes a time when this little song gets everyone tired. There is an umpire, let’s let him take those decisions, that’s what he is there for. People should stop coming to press conferences always repeating the same things.”

He then turned the tables onto Novak Djokovic.

“Also, I don’t think I am the only one violating the rule,” continued Nadal via Tennis World. “Novak Djokovic too has been warned many times. Actually I think he has been told off many more times than I did.”

Nothing like deflecting the attention from yourself by redirecting it to someone else.

Though rules are rules, I feel like this is something minor, especially if a player is only doing it once in a while. But if they’re consistently violating it and taking excessive amounts of time, then it’s a problem. Keep in mind that for other events, the time limit is 25, so that’s what these players are used to. I think it’s tough to expect them to break their habits just for grand slams.

Nike has Rafael Nadal statue made from French Open clay


Last Sunday, Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic to claim his fifth consecutive French Open championship and ninth overall. Of the 67 matches he’s played at the French Open, Nadal has won 66 of them and he’s on a current run of 35 straight match wins.

Basically, Rafael Nadal owns the clay courts of Roland Garros, the event’s venue.

In honor of his latest triumph, Nike had a statue made of the world’s top ranked men’s singles tennis player from the surface he’s dominated during his career, clay like that found at the French Open.

Leave it to Nike to go the extra mile.

Photo: Twitter/RafaelNadal

Rafael Nadal meets his long lost twin – a bus driver from Madrid

Rafael Nadal twin

Seriously, how freaky is this? When I first looked at that picture, it took me a minute to figure out which one Nadal was. Not even joking.

Rafael Nadal is the guy on the left, while the dude on the right is a Madrid bus driver named José Manuel Ramiro. Tell me they don’t look like twins.

How much accidental tail do you think that dude gets just because he looks like Rafa? The spillover trim must be incredible. He probably never has to buy a drink anywhere he goes. Does it even matter if he probably can’t swing a tennis racket? Heck no. He has everything he needs going for him.

Wondering how this all came about? Nadal, who is from Manacor, was honored as the adoptive son of Madrid in his home country of Spain. Apparently Ramiro has worked as a double for Nadal on a car commercial in the past, so no surprise Rafa remembered him. How could he not?

If you enjoyed this, you’ll like all of the lookalike fans we’ve posted about in the past.

Stan Wawrinka and Rafa Nadal share beautiful hug after match (Video)

Stan Wawrinka Rafael Nadal

The mixed emotions of sadness and happiness, frustration and joy, pain and endurance were all evident when Stan Wawrinka and Rafa Nadal met at the net for a beautiful embrace following their final at the Australian Open on Sunday.

Wawrinka defeated Rafa in four sets, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, but the victory was a struggle in a number of ways. Rafa had a back injury that bothered him in the second set and resulted in him playing at much below his top level. Stan had to deal with the mental struggle of trying to defeat a wounded opponent. He lost a set, but he ultimately prevailed to win his first career grand slam. Yet, because he defeated an opponent who played half the match at half-strength, he couldn’t completely celebrate his win; it wouldn’t have been proper sportsmanship, nor is it a satisfying feeling to win in that manner.

All those emotions melted together for the beautiful hug the two shared after the match.

You could tell Nadal was saying “don’t worry” to Wawrinka, who was presumably apologetic for the way the match went down. And Nadal is right. Wawrinka was winning that match before Nadal’s back injury occurred. Not only that, but Stan also beat Tomas Berdych and Tommy Robredo … and he truly earned the title by finally conquering Novak Djokovic. He became the first player to ever beat Nadal and Djokovic in a major. Isn’t that enough right there?

For all that, Wawrinka should never look back at this title with anything other than pride and a sense of great accomplishment. He won the major and absolutely deserves it.

Rafael Nadal booed by fans after returning from treatment for back injury (Video)

Rafael Nadal locker roomThe fans at the Australian Open turned on Rafael Nadal during Sunday’s final after the Spaniard took a break to receive treatment for his back injury during the second set.

Nadal left the court after being down 3-6, 1-2 in his finals match with Stan Wawrinka.

Wawrinka, who had all the momentum, was left to sit around for about seven minutes while waiting for Nadal to return. He voiced his displeasure with the chair umpire — he wanted to be told the reason why Nadal had left the court — and that led to an argument with the umpire.

The fans must have grown restless during the break and could have been upset with what they may have felt was a stall tactic by Nadal, because they booed him when he returned to the court:

Nadal’s back injury was definitely legitimate, so the booing was uncalled for. Nadal was practically in tears, likely because of the injury and the disappointment of getting hurt during such a big match:

After Rafa finally won a game to make it 5-2 in the second set, the fans began to cheer him. They flipped back and supported him more in the third set when he won his serve and then broke Wawrinka, so it obviously didn’t take them long to get over whatever issues they had, but that was pretty crummy of them to turn on him in the first place.

Rafael Nadal suffers back injury during Australian Open final

Rafael Nadal back pain

Rafael Nadal suffered a back injury at about the worst time possible.

The Spaniard was getting rolled by Stan Wawrinka in the finals of the Australian Open and was down a set when he appeared to hurt his back. After hitting a forehand in the third game of the second set, Rafa seemed to strain his lower back. Nadal hung on to win the game so that he was only down 2-1 in the second, but the back injury was bad enough for him to leave the court at the side change.

Nadal left the court to receive treatment in the locker room and did not return for about seven minutes. He was actually booed by the fans when he returned from the locker room, likely because the break in action figured to disrupt Wawrinka’s momentum.

Though there may have been questions about the legitimacy of Nadal’s injury, the lefty appeared to be in serious pain and on the verge of tears in his first game after returning from his injury. He lost the next game to fall behind 3-1, and he could hardly hit his serve with any velocity, leading him to double fault multiple times and fall behind 4-1. Nadal continued to receive treatment at the next changeover and remained in pain, but he refused to retire from the match.

It wasn’t until he was down 1-5 that he held serve to win another game, though he lost the second set 6-2. Nadal continued to receive treatment and massages during changeovers, but he just was not the same player. He would not quit, and the announcers speculated that he took some painkillers during his trip to the locker room and was waiting for those to kick in.