Winning start to 2011 for Rafael Nadal

World numero uno Rafael Nadal has started 2011 with a straight-sets win over Roger Federer at an exhibition event in the United Arab Emirates.

Federer beats Nadal in London

Roger Federer has won a record-equalling fifth end of season title after beating world numero uno Rafael Nadal 6-3 3-6 6-1 in the ATP World Tour Finals at London’s O2 arena.

Nadal bows out in Cincinnati semis

Rafael Nadal, playing in only his second tournament after spending two months out of the game with tendonitis in both knees, lost to Novak Djokovic in the semi-final of the Cincinnati Masters.

Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon

World number one Rafael Nadal will not be defending his Wimbledon title this year over concerns about a knee injury.

Nadal loses Madrid Open final

Rafael Nadal’s impressive run of 35 consecutive victories on clay came to an end on Sunday after he was beaten 6-4 6-4 in the final of the Madrid Open by Roger Federer. This was only Federers second win against Nadal on clay in eleven attempts and he was understandably happy with his victory.

Nadal wins in Rome

World number one Rafael Nadal recaptured the Rome Masters title from Novak Djokovic with a straight-sets win in Sunday’s final at the Foro Italico, the score 7-6 (7-2) 6-2. Nadal is now unbeaten on clay in 30 matches. Nadal’s victory over the defending champion also means that, as from May 10th, Britain’s Andy Murray takes over the number three position …

Another final for Nadal

Rafael Nadal had a fairly comfortable win against Nikolay Davydenko, 6-3 6-2, to reach his fifth consecutive Barcelona Open final. It was Nadal’s 24th straight win on clay and the Majorcan, the four-time defending champion, has yet to drop his serve in the tournament.

Nadal goes out in Miami

Andy Murray reached the semi-finals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami with a fairly easy 6-1 6-2 victory over Fernando Verdasco, the man who beat him in the Australian Open earlier this year. World numero uno Rafael Nadal was the second Spaniard to fall at the quarter-final stage, losing 6-4 3-6 7-6 to Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro.

Rafael Nadal secures Indian Wells title

In very windy conditions, Andy Murray was no match for world numero uno Rafael Nadal, the Spaniard cruising to victory 6-1 6-2. It was Nadal’s second Indian Wells Masters title. Although very windy, Murray just didn’t look on form at all, making too many unforced errors and looking almost tentative in his approach to the game.

Spain through to quarter finals of Davis Cup

Spain are through to the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup after world number one Rafael Nadal disposed of Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-4 6-1. Second seeds Spain will now play either Germany or Austria in the quarter-finals in July.