Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

TALKING EUROPE

Nigel Farage, Leader of the UK Independence Party

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Endocrine disruptors: Is the EU doing enough to protect its citizens' health?

Read more

WEB NEWS

Israelis taking bomb shelter selfies

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Pavlo Klimkin, Ukrainian Foreign Minister

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Raed Fahmi, former Iraqi Minister of Science and Technology

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Germany's World Cup title

Read more

FASHION

Paris, Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Farnborough air show takes off but F-35 jet is grounded

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Bastille Day celebrations

Read more

  • France commemorates WWI centenary on Bastille Day

    Read more

  • In pictures: 2014 World Cup historic moments

    Read more

  • Kremlin mulls 'retaliatory strikes' after death of Russian civilian

    Read more

  • Boules and booze: Bastille Day à la New Yorkaise

    Read more

  • Senegal honours the soldiers who fought for France in WWI

    Read more

  • Clashes erupt in Paris as thousands march to support Palestinians

    Read more

  • Shipwrecked Costa Concordia successfully refloated

    Read more

  • Germany defeat Argentina 1-0 to win fourth World Cup title

    Read more

  • Paris’s Bastille Day fireworks ‘a homage to victims’ of WWI

    Read more

  • Thousands flee northern Gaza after Israeli warning

    Read more

  • Major differences remain as deadline looms in Iran nuclear talks

    Read more

  • Rival Libyan militias exchange heavy fire at Tripoli airport

    Read more

  • French military to extend Mali 'counterterrorism' operations into Sahel

    Read more

Soon-to-be world no.1 Nadal lands in Beijing

©

Latest update : 2008-08-05

Spain's Rafael Nadal, who is expected to snatch first place in ATP rankings later this month, has arrived in China where he will take part in the first Olympic Games in his career.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal has landed at Beijing Intenational Airport and although he is not yet the world's number one tennis player, he will be crowned so on August 18.

After 234 weeks in the top ATP ranking slot, Switzerland's Roger Federer found a succesor after Nadal won two out of the last three Grand Slam tournaments. The Beijing Olympic Games is the next challenge for the future tennis number one.

Nadal lost the semifinal of the Cincinnati Masters to Serbia's Novak Djokovic on Saturday (August 3), bringing his 32-match unbeaten streak to a halt.

Nadal is currently the French Open and Wimbledon champion, having defeated world number one rival Roger Federer in a five-set epic final last June in England.

"My expectation right now is to arrive to the villa and have a bit of calm," a tired-looking Nadal told press at the airport, who were waiting along with crowds eager to see the Spanish sports-star, "because I have had a very long travel. Later  (I will) try to enjoy my first day."

Date created : 2008-08-05

Comments

COMMENT(S)