"That looks like very far away, even if not impossible": Rafael Nadal Expresses Concerns About His Grand Slam Opportunities Post-Surgery

Tuesday, 19 September 2023 at 09:00
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Former world number one Spain’s Rafael Nadal believes that he is no way near to winning another Grand Slam.
The 37-year-old is still spending time on the sidelines because of fitness concerns. It is because of this reason he ended up missing three out of the four Grand Slams this year.
The only major event where Nadal participated in 2023 was the Australian Open where he was knocked out after suffering a defeat to America’s Mackenzie McDonald with a score of 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.
Nadal recently appeared in a show where he stated that it is very hard to imagine for him to win another Grand Slam after spending such a long time on the sidelines.
“I want to be back on the court and compete,” he said. “But I’m not expecting/hoping to come back and win Roland Garros and Australia. That looks like very far away, even if not impossible."
Nadal is often termed as one of the greatest players in the history of men’s singles tennis in the Open era.
He has won 22 Grand Slam titles in his career, second-most in the history, only behind current world number one Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.
He was the first player to win more than 20 Grand Slam titles in men’s tennis in the singles category.
His most successful competition is the French Open where he has lifted the title 14 times which is a record in the tournament’s history.

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