30.12.2011 [The Independent] - The Serbian was once like Andy Murray, playing his game in the huge shadow cast by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. But 2011 saw him break into the light in incredible style as he won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles.
Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera (born 3 June 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player and a former world no. 1. , he is ranked no. 5 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time; his success on clay has earned him the nickname "The King of Clay", and has prompted several experts to regard him as the greatest clay court player in history.
06.01.2012 [ESPN.co.uk] - Rafael Nadal was sent crashing out of the Qatar Open, as an inspired Gael Monfils claimed a 6-3 6-4 win. With Roger Federer pulling out of the event earlier in the day on account of a back injury, the path seemed clear for Nadal to pick up the title
05.01.2012 [Evening Standard] - Both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have the sort of faces that seem to be about to burst into tears, as indeed, they often are. Andy Murray seldom looks like he's enjoying himself on court. Is he simply angry at his inconsistencies and failings
05.01.2012 [Telegraph.co.uk] - It is his opportunity to prove, after three slam final defeats, that he is composed enough to eclipse Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer on the grandest stage. “Just give it a nudge,” was the advice Rod Laver prescribed for attaining
04.01.2012 [Evening Standard] - Rafael Nadal was made to work hard by Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in his first ATP Tour outing of the year. The Spaniard needed two hours and 23 minutes to win 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 in the Qatar Exxonmobil Open in Doha. Serena Williams.
Adesso ho vinto dei titoli su ogni superficie, quindi sono un giocatore più completo rispetto a una settimana fa. Scherzo! Anche se non avessi vinto qui, ho giocato piuttosto bene gli ultimi anni sull'erba, no? Citato in Marco Sicolo, L'hanno detto i Campioni, Ubitennis.com, 19 giugno 2008.
05.01.2012 [Yahoo! Eurosport UK] - Rafael Nadal outclassed Denis Gremelmayr 6-2 6-2 to ease into the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open in Doha. The world number two dropped a set before overcoming Philipp Kohlschreiber on Tuesday, but looked to be close to the peak of his powers in
28.12.2011 [Yahoo! Eurosport UK] - Djokovic had already usurped Rafael Nadal at the top of the world rankings just by reaching the Wimbledon final, but the way in which he beat the Spaniard at the All England Club was a hugely symbolic climax to his remarkable ascent in 2011.
30.12.2011 [Yahoo! Eurosport UK (blog)] - Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, struggled despite winning the French Open. His losses against the Serb cost him a lot mentally and the consequences were seen throughout his game. At the end of the season he admitted that he lacked passion for the game.
06.01.2012 [Portsmouth News] - The talented youngster has shown some serious potential at a tender age, met British number one Andy Murray and also worked with the world-renowned Francis Rogi, who coaches Rafael Nadal and the Spanish Davis Cup team.
25.12.2011 [Yahoo! Eurosport UK] - Which former Premier League striker coached Molde to the Norwegian league title? How many American men finished 2011 in the world's top 50? Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray played in three Grand Slam semi-finals in 2011, how many sets did the Scot win?
01.01.2012 [Lawn Tennis Association] - Andy Murray produced a magnificent performance against world No.2 Rafael Nadal to defeat the Spaniard 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 and win the Rakuten Japan Open Championships in Tokyo. The British No.1 allowed Nadal only four points in the deciding set.
29.12.2011 [Yahoo! Eurosport UK] - ... without a WTA title by winning tournaments in Carslbad, Tokyo and Beijing. She also reached the top-eight of the world rankings for the first time and was the most exciting player at the Istanbul masters." (Przemek Kruk) Rafael Nadal Davis Cup - 0.
24.12.2011 [The Sport Review] - Rafael Nadal: “Find solutions is what I have to try and what I'm going to try. I am going to be here fighting all the time, waiting for my moment to beat him another time.” Djokovic: “It is the best day of my life.” “We have a good connection together
05.01.2012 [Conference News] - Winners who have received the Laureus World Sports Award previously have included Jenson Button, Roger Federer, Sir Alex Ferguson, Lewis Hamilton, Rafael Nadal, Michael Schumacher, Kelly Slater and Serena Williams. Up for Laureus World Sportsman of the
16.12.2011 [Nouse] - He succumbed in the three semi-finals to Rafael Nadal and an inspired Novak Djokovic edged out the Scot in Australia. As well as performing well in the marquee Grand Slam events, Murray secured another five tournament wins. Unfortunately, the Scot had
15.12.2011 [The Sport Review] - One of the favourites for the Sportsman accolade—won in recent years by Rafael Nadal, Usain Bolt and Roger Federer—is Lionel Messi, nominated for a third straight year and aiming to be first team player to win the individual award.
20.12.2011 [The Sport Review] - He pushed Rafael Nadal to the limits in the semis of Monte Carlo, despite an elbow injury, and in the Rome semis, he came close to ending Novak Djokovic's unbroken streak in the match of the tournament. Next it was the semis at Roland Garros for the