Rafael Nadal On Novak Djokovic: When You Win 3, You Can Win 4 Grand Slams
by Staff | August 2nd, 2021, 10:45 pm
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Rafael Nadal met the media yesterday in Washington D.C. where he’ll play his first event since a semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic at the French Open.

Despite a loss Friday in the Tokyo Olympics ending his Golden Slam hopes, Djokovic’s bid for a Calendar Slam is still the big story this summer, and Nadal wouldn’t be surprised to see the Serb get it at the US Open.

“He already won three,” Nadal said Sunday. “So when you win three, you can win four, without a doubt, no? He did 75% of the way. He going to be playing on hard court, probably his best surface. So why not?

“Of course is something difficult. Going to be another guys that wanted to achieve the last slam of the season. But, yeah, of course he’s one of the clear favorites, probably the most favorite player to achieve that.

“I definitely believe that he can do it, without a doubt.”

And if Djokovic does with in New York, he’ll break the current tie he shares with Nadal and Roger Federer atop the Grand Slam leaderboard at 20. Of course he missed a chance at Wimbledon, an event he said he couldn’t play due to a foot problem.

“If I had to choose, I will never miss Wimbledon and Olympics,” Nadal said. “But I was not able to compete in these events after the clay court season. I had some issues in my foot, so I had to stop playing tennis for around 20 days, not touching a racquet for 20 days. I started slowly, practicing half an hour, then little bit more. So I went through the whole process.”

Nadal’s new focus is on his first trip to Washington and his first event in almost two months and first appearance in the America since the 2019 US Open.

“I am excited to be back playing in America after more than a year without playing here, especially playing in front of the full crowd, no, full stadiums,” he said. “It’s something we are not seeing for such a long time. So going to be a great feeling again and I am very excited about it.

“I love to be here in Washington because is not only a new event for me, is a new city,” Nadal added. “I am able to visit one of the most important cities in the world. And honestly, it’s a very beautiful city. I have been able to walk around little bit the last couple of days. I am very impressed. I hope to have a chance to visit little bit more the city during the next couple of days.”


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20 Comments for Rafael Nadal On Novak Djokovic: When You Win 3, You Can Win 4 Grand Slams

Alison hodge Says:

Forget what he’s doing Rafa, this is about you, and what your doing


skeezer Says:

He will win 4. Shoo-in for USO.
#weakera


Truth Says:

He twisted his toes. Bull is done.

Weak era was 2003-2009. Morons reached Wimbledon finals and couldn’t return the ball back then.


chrisford1 Says:

I thought the Weak era was 2003-2007. 5 years. 2007 was when the talent and rocket rise in rankings for Djokovic and Murray got known, Djokovic notably took down Roddick, Rafa, then Fed the 3rd, 2nd,and top player at the time respectively at Toronto. 2007 was when Rafa put Fed on notice that no court was safe for him, at Wimbledon.

The weak era was over for sure in 2008, as Fed failed to win a Masters 1000 all year, lost his 1st three Slams and narrowly avoided being beaten by Djokovic Version. 1.0 at the US Open. A lot of losses to Rafa and Novak, then Andy booted him out of the ATP Championships.


skeezer Says:

Nonsense. The weak era is now.
#obvious


Alison hodge Says:

Chris Ford 1 its called tennis x, not Novak x,you turn every discussion into been about Novak, I know he’s the man of the moment, but there are other players too.


Giles Says:

Cif is always FOS. Doesn’t know any better! 👹👹👹😡😡😡


chrisford1 Says:

Dear Hodge – yes, it is Tennis-X, but let me remind you that the topic of this thread was RAFA AND NOVAK.
And Skeezer kicked things off with his Novak’s career was in a weak era nonsense.
So I responded.
Fans do get carried away with one player, and I am no exception.
But I do urge you to read the thread topic before telling others they are off-topic!
To tennis-x staff, compliments in that they do run articles of other players, male and female, as helpful reminders that there is more to the sport than the Big 3, Murray, and Williams. But nothing gets the comment numbers that come with Slams and Big 3 fights for present or historical glory.


skeezer Says:

CF1
No more nonsense than you brought here for years about Fed and weak era[FALSE]. That “era” had Slam in it winners he beat, not some also rans.
Just do the facts, Djoker is getting his wins when Wawrinka, Delpo, Fed, Murray are not playing, all Slam winners. He cannot even get a medal in Olympics had none of those guys ( Nadal included!)
#weakera
—–
Allison,
Hope Rafa’s foot gets better!


Truth Says:

Maybe FRAUDERER should break rackets again, so that he can win Basel.
Your Fed lost Slams since 2013 against Novak. Every Slam final since 2008.
No one cares about Stan, not even Fed does. Fed is busy swallowing bagels at Wimbledon, his fave place. Nadal is playing challenger level. Novak is not the problem.


Wog Boy Says:

“Just do the facts, Djoker is getting his wins when Wawrinka, Delpo, Fed, Murray are not playing, all Slam winners.”

Really?!
Let us check the facts, which are…:

Djokovic vs Wawrinka 19: 6 (4:4 GS matches)

Djokovic vs Delpotro. 16 : 4 (5 :0 GS matches)

Djokovic vs Murray 25 : 11 (8:2 GS matches)

Djokovic vs Federer 27 : 23 (11:6 GS matches)

Actually, I can’t think of one single top 10 player since 2011 (when became #1) until today that has positive H2H vs Djokovic (young or old) that just shows unseen dominance of the GOAT.

One has to ask himself what difference would it make they are still around at their best.

Just check Mr 40:15 (former GOAT) stats, it’s not only h2h, it’s 19 finals he played vs present GOAT and he managed to win only 6 finals and lose 13 out of 19, that shows superiority of present GOAT compared to the former GOAT.

It’s is sad to see once “knowledgeable” tennis fan dropping himself on Gisele level, he finally managed to reach Gisele’s league, good on him.


Django Says:

I think Roger retires at the end of the year. Rafa plays all of 2022 along with Nole then it’s over.


skeezer Says:

WB to the rescue for the BFF CF1 lol
#fedchiponshoulder

Last time I checked, Wawa beat Dkooked 2016 GS final.


skeezer Says:

^Djoker


Madmax Says:

Truth Says:
Maybe FRAUDERER should break rackets again, so that he can win Basel.
Your Fed lost Slams since 2013 against Novak. Every Slam final since 2008.
No one cares about Stan, not even Fed does. Fed is busy swallowing bagels at Wimbledon, his fave place. Nadal is playing challenger level. Novak is not the problem.

August 6th, 2021 at 5:31 pm

So boring. Really is. Currently, we have three amazing players tied, and we won’t go into the statistics, over and over, and over again.

Wog boy, you are such a fake fan and I don’t know why others have not called you out on this, perhaps they are too polite. For 2 years you were calling Novak names, you really turned your back on him, and at that point, I was shocked. How could someone from the same home country, where Novak is revered (and rightly so), turn their back on him. You did that. You were against him, his coach, what he was eating, his exercise methods, everything. I called you a turncoat then, and though I have not posted so often, I tend to read more, I realise, you are only in this for the glory.

When Novak wins a trophy, Wog boy is there. When Novak loses, he is nowhere to be seen except putting him down, with violent disrespect. So, I say this again, you are no fan. You are not a Nole fan, a novak fan, nor a tennis fan. Just here for the glory.

Truth, I think not. For me, Federer – amazing and seriously, talking about smashing racquets. Passion. Belief. Absolutely right no smashing of racquets should take place, but what can you do in the heat of a match? That should be the ideal, the perfect, but when in a match, and temperatures high, you can understand the outlet, the frustration. Shouldn’t happen, but it does. At least it shows the player is alive.

Quite some time ago, I said that Novak would win more slams than Rafa and Roger, but now…ummmmmhh…imagine, all three of them tied together for life. Would that not be sweet justice in the GOAT debate.

I repeat. Wog boy, you are no fan, just in it for the glory.

Sad.


Giles Says:

Poor Bog Boy still hurting from OG 20. No Gold for faker , lololol and surprisingly no medals of any colour for the faker. He got what he deserved – ZILCH! Can’t stop laughing!


Alison Hodge Says:

Thanks Skeezer, me too :-)….

Chris Ford 1 yes fair enough on this occasion, but you do seem to take over , and steer every conversation into been about Novak, dont get me wrong Novaks an amazing player with amazing records, but when we talk Rafa and Rogers records , it still ends up been all about Novak, let other people have their say too….


Van Persie Says:

Giles,

You really think, that Nole fans are still thinking about RG 2020 after such a great season in 2021? Forget about it and relax! 😉


Giles Says:

VP. Who said anything about RG 2020? I’m talking about OG 2020, You know the Olympics? Stay with it girl.


Van Persie Says:

My bad, Giles, I thought you are reffering to RG20, since OG happened in 2021 and not 2020!🙂


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