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Don’t Expect Rafa to Retire”: 22-Time Grand Slam Champion Heaps Praise on Rafael Nadal’s Recent

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Not even a week has passed since Rafael Nadal won a record 13th title at the French Open and fans still are still talking about his sheer dominance on the Parisian clay.

Before the start of the tournament, everyone had predicted that Nadal would face a hard time defending his title because of the cooler conditions, heavier balls, and slower courts. However, Nadal slammed all his critics by reaching the final and humiliating Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

Recently, Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge paid tribute to Nadal. He hailed Nadal’s astonishing French Open record as the greatest sporting achievement of all time.

Woodbridge won record 22 Grand Slam titles, including 16 Grand Slam Doubles and 6 Mixed Doubles championships. Nadal’s longevity and his convincing victory against the World No.1 impressed Woodbridge.

“To be able to go to a tournament and win it 13 times, be fit, healthy and mentally able to cope with the stresses of being one of the top players, I don’t think there’s any sporting feat that I can think of that has had that continuity, longevity and dominance,” said Woodbridge, during an interview.

Rafael Nadal dealt with all obstacles

Woodbridge talked about the conditions being in favor of Djokovic and applauded Nadal’s resilience. The Australian questioned what would happen when the tournament resumes to its original schedule. Furthermore, he wondered whether Nadal would ever get beaten at Roland Garros.

From the beginning of the tournament, the formline, the change of ball, it all pointed to it being there for Novak, but Rafa again had this attitude to accept the challenges and do what he had to do,” remarked Woodbridge

The former doubles World No.1 heaped praise on Nadal for entering the French Open with a humble attitude. Woodbridge asserted that Roger Federer faces the biggest threat to his Grand Slam record, with Nadal already winning his 20th Grand Slam title and Djokovic having more years on the tour to do so.

Woodbridge said, “I don’t expect Rafa to retire, but there’d be something special about them finishing on the same number”. He thought it would be a testament to their epic rivalry if both players finish up with the same Grand Slam titles.

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We spread rumours of Rafael Nadal doping’ because he was too good, says French star

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Gilles Simon believes doping rumours were spread about Rafael Nadal as many were uncomfortable with the idea he could simply be better than Roger Federer.

There were allegations of a connection between Nadal and Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor who was ultimately jailed for his part in a Spanish cycle doping scandal.

No evidence has ever been produced linking Fuentes to Nadal, though, who has always very successfully denied any rumours to the contrary.

However, Simon believes the rumours only existed to discredit opinions that Nadal could actually be a better tennis players than Federer rather than just a better athlete.

“It is difficult to conceive [for some] that, in terms of game, Rafael Nadal could be better than Roger Federer,” Gilles Simon wrote in his new autobiography This Sport That Makes You Crazy

“We even spread rumours of doping on his account.

“Nadal does not fit into the framework. Moreover, I emphasize here that we never talk about the physique of Federer, who has little to envy that of Nadal.

“That he went five sets at 35 like what he did in Australia in 2017, it’s extraordinary. But no one noted this point.”

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