Laureus Awards: Rafael Nadal named World Sportsman of the Year for the second time

(Jürgen Fritz, 07.05.2021) He is the greatest clay court player of all time and has long been a living sports legend. Now, at the age of 34, Rafael Nadal has been named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for the second time, ten years after his first honour. He had already been nominated for the sixth time (for his achievements in 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019 and 2020) and has now received this award for the second time. Congratulations, Rafa, what an honour!

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Rafael Nadal on European clay: a look back

(Jürgen Fritz, 09.04.2021) April 2005: 18-year-old Rafael Nadal wins the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, the fourth largest clay court tournament in the world, for the first time, beating 2004 French Open finalist Guillermo Coria in the final. A week later, he also wins the fifth largest clay tournament in Barcelona, beating 2003 French Open winner Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final. Again two weeks later: Rafa also wins the second biggest clay tournament in the world in Rome, beats …

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Wie Rafael Nadal 2020 fünffach Sportgeschichte schrieb

(Jürgen Fritz, 18.12.2020) Anfang November schaffte Rafael Nadal etwas, was in der Open Era seit 1968 nur drei Spielern vor ihm gelang: Er gewann sein 1000. Match auf der Profi-Tour im Herreneinzel. Doch dies war nur einer der Rekorde für die Ewigkeit, die der Spanier 2020 einstellte oder überbot. Es gab noch andere, wichtigere. Einen davon sehen manche als größte sportliche Leistung, die je ein Mensch vollbrachte.

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Clash of Generations: Alexander Zverev heute im Finale von Rom gegen Sandplatzkönig Rafael Nadal

(Jürgen Fritz) Besser hätte es für den Turnierveranstalter in Rom kaum laufen können. Im Finale des Masters 1000-Events, eines von neun dieser Kategorie weltweit, der zweithöchsten im Tennissport, stehen sich heute die Nr. 1 und die Nr. 2 der Setzliste, die Nr. 2 und 3 der Welt gegenüber: der zehnfache French Open-Sieger und Sandplatzkönig Rafael Nadal (31) und der Titelverteidiger von Rom und frischgebackene Madrid-Champion Alexander Zverev (21).

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Nadal played in Paris with injections and numb foot

(Jürgen Fritz, 06.06.2022) This performance will go down in sporting history. There has probably never been anything comparable across all disciplines: Rafael Nadal won Roland Garros for the 14th time and won his 22nd Grand Slam title. Now it became known that he was only able to play the whole tournament at all with injections in nerves of his foot.

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Djokovic remains No. 1 in JFB Ranking, Nadal rises to 4, Fritz to 15

(Jürgen Fritz, 22.03.2022) Taylor Fritz’s win in Indian Wells moves him into the top 15 for the first time. Despite another break in play, Novak Djokovic remains at No. 1 in the JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking, while Rafael Nadal moves up to No. 4 with his win in Acapulco and his run to the final in Indian Wells with only ten tournaments played in the last 52 weeks.

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Nadal will compete in Acapulco

(Jürgen Fritz, 19.02.2022) What a starting field at the 500 tournament in Acapulco next week! Five of the top six in the world will be there: Daniil Medvedev, defending champion Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, 2020 winner Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berrettini.

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Nadal rises from 8 to 5 in JFB Ranking, Djokovic remains No. 1

(Jürgen Fritz, 31.01.2022) Rafael Nadal won the Australian Open for the second time on Sunday, his 21st Grand Slam title. This has never been achieved by a male player since 1877. In the JFB Ranking, the Spaniard rises from 8 to 5 with only eight tournaments played in the last 52 weeks. Djokovic remains No. 1 thanks to Zverev’s early elimination and Medvedev’s defeat again in the final.

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Nadal breaks own world record: tournament winner for the 19th year in a row

(Jürgen Fritz, 10.01.2022) Rafael Nadal breaks his own world record, winning at least one ATP tournament every season for the 19th year in a row. In the final in Melbourne, the 35-year-old beat US-American Maxime Cressy 7-6, 6-3. This was the Spaniard’s 89th tournament victory. He won at least one ATP tournament every year from 2004 to 2022, 19 years non-stop. That has never happened before.

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Australian Open without Federer, Thiem, Djokovic and Nadal?

(Jürgen Fritz, 30.12.2021) On Saturday, 1 January 2022, the new tennis season begins with the ATP Cup in Sydney. However, the list of players who will not be competing at the ATP Cup is getting longer and longer. And for some of them, the question also arises as to whether they will take part at the Australian Open, which begins on 17 January.

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Berrittini moves closer to Nadal, Shapovalov now in the Top 15, Humbert in the Top 30

(Jürgen Fritz, 21.06.2021) The 22-year-old Frenchman Ugo Humbert wins an ATP 500 tournament (D category) for the first time in his career at the grass tournament in Halle. The same goes for Matteo Berrittini at London Queen’s Club. The Italian thus establishes himself in the top eight in the JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking and moves closer to Nadal. Humbert rises from 34 to 22 and Queen’s Club semi-finalist Shapovalov moves back into the top 15.

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Zverev, Tsitsipas and Berrittini rise in the JFB 52 Week Ranking, Rublev and Nadal fall back

(Jürgen Fritz, 14.06.2021) Novak Djokovic scored a historic win at Roland Garros, has now won every Grand Slam tournament at least twice and remains the world No. 1 in the JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking. Daniil Medvedev can defend position 2 with his good performance in Paris, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas rise two places each, Berrittini four. Andrey Rublev, Rafael Nadal and Diego Schwartzman, on the other hand, fall back.

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Nadal wins in Rome and rises from 6 to 4 in the JFB 52 Week Ranking – Djokovic drops from 1 to 2

(Jürgen Fritz, 17.05.2021) Rafael Nadal won the Masters tournament in Rome (C) for the tenth time with a final victory over defending champion Novak Djokovic. In the JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking, the clay court king rises from 6 to 4 with only 8 tournaments played, but Djokovic drops from 1 to 2. The new leader is ATP Finals champion Daniil Medvedev. And his compatriot Aslan Karatsev enters the top ten for the first time.

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