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  1. A confidence boost for Rafa

    Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

    Rafael Nadal is a smart guy, so he'll know that Novak Djokovic was far from his best in Sunday's 6-3, 6-1 loss to the Spaniard in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters. Djokovic needed to be fully focused since he met a highly motivated opp...

    Blog | April 22, 2012
  2. 100 memories: Dodig stuns Nadal

    Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

    Editor's note: The tennis season now over, it's time to look back. Novak Djokovic was no doubt the player of the year, but there were many memories to savor. Beginning Dec. 12, Ravi Ubha is unveiling his top 100 memories of the 2011 season....

    Blog | December 16, 2011
  3. Janko Tipsarevic a breath of fresh air

    Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

    A slight air of negativity has surrounded the World Tour Finals the past few days, irrespective of Roger Federer's commanding performance against Rafael Nadal on Tuesday night. Andy Murray, he of the often dour look, was forced to withdraw from...

    Blog | November 23, 2011
  4. Disconcerting start for Rafa in Rome

    Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

    If you were wondering if Rafael Nadal would suffer from a Madrid hangover, the answer was clearly yes. Perhaps it still comes as a surprise that he didn't once again go unbeaten during the clay-court swing, but to struggle against Paolo Lorenzi,...

    Blog | May 11, 2011
  5. Federer showed signs of life in loss

    Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

    There was a modicum of hope for Roger Federer as he faced Rafael Nadal in Madrid on Saturday in the 24th installment of what is arguably tennis's greatest rivalry. One of his two victories on clay against the world No. 1 came in the Spanish cap...

    Blog | May 07, 2011
  6. Will Clijsters recover for clay season?

    Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

    Novak Djokovic became just the fourth man in more than 20 years to win the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami in the same season. He did it with plenty of oomph, downing Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer a combined four times. At next week's ...

    Blog | April 06, 2011
  7. Nadal's health among X-factors in Oz

    Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

    Roger Federer was twice in a position to win four successive majors. Both times he was denied by Rafael Nadal. Nadal is the one now on the verge of claiming four in a row, and wouldn't it be ironic if Federer derails his younger rival at the Au...

    Blog | January 12, 2011
  8. Nadal earns high marks for historic 2010

    Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

    Who was the star of the show in tennis in 2010? Rafael Nadal, without a doubt. Entering the season under a cloud of uncertainty, Nadal achieved one of the finest years in the history of the sport. He reclaimed the No. 1 ranking and completed his Gra...

    Blog | November 29, 2010
  9. Federer's motivation remains sky-high

    Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

    LONDON -- For neutrals, it was the perfect end to tennis' individual season. Roger Federer finally got the better of Rafael Nadal to win a record-tying fifth year-end championship and boost the intrigue heading into January's Australian Ope...

    Blog | November 28, 2010
  10. The long-awaited dream finale

    Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

    LONDON -- Rafael Nadal pulled off the improbable at last year's Australian Open. Battling more than five hours against Fernando Verdasco in one of the most bruising encounters in tournament history, he returned less than two days later to beat R...

    Blog | November 27, 2010
  11. Rafa-Djoker rivalry picking up steam

    Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

    LONDON -- Think great men's rivalries in the Open era and what comes to mind? Probably these to start: Pete Sampras-Andre Agassi, Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal, Ivan Lendl-John McEnroe, Boris Becker-Stefan Edberg and McEnroe-Jimmy Connors. Y...

    Blog | November 24, 2010
  12. Roddick running out of time in London

    Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

    LONDON -- Andy Roddick, a popular face in England given his success at Queen's and Wimbledon, wasn't entirely the crowd favorite Monday. That was understandable, since he faced world No. 1 and nine-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. ...

    Blog | November 24, 2010
  13. Nadal snaps out of slump with style

    Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

    LONDON -- They're all coming out for the year-end championships. After scruffy, brawny soccer icon Diego Maradona showed up at London's packed O2 arena, a trio of blondes -- Aussie pop sensation Kylie Minogue, actress January Jones and Bro...

    Blog | November 22, 2010
  14. Predicting World Tour Finals outcome

    Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

    On Tuesday, the draw was made for the eagerly anticipated year-end championships in London. Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych and Andy Roddick landed in Group A, while Roger Federer, Robin Soderling, Andy Murray and David Ferrer surfaced in...

    Blog | November 18, 2010
  15. Who'll grab the final spots in London?

    Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

    Five down, three to go. With Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Robin Soderling guaranteed spots at the year-end championships in London, attention shifts to the final three places up for grabs. Six players remain in the h...

    Blog | November 08, 2010
  16. Who'll grab the final spots in London?

    Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

    Five down, three to go. With Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Robin Soderling guaranteed spots at the year-end championships in London, attention shifts to the final three places up for grabs. Six players remain in the h...

    Blog | November 08, 2010