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“Serena Williams Came Back to Tennis to Win Grand Slams” – Patrick Mouratoglou Sends Stark Warning to Doubters

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After months of speculation, it was confirmed that the US Open would be taking place this year. Even though many players were not sure about the event, Serena Williams confirmed her participation and has begun training. According to her coach Patrick Mourataglou, she is working very hard to achieve her goals.

Coach On Serena Williams
In a recent interview with Tennis Majors, Patrick Mourataglou talked about a lot of things. One of those things was about how Serena Williams is training to achieve some of her biggest goals at the US Open. He said,

“Serena is practising of course. She came back to tennis to win Grand Slams. Otherwise, she would be at home with her family, which she is doing also, but she would do this and run her business full-time. She came back only for that. It’s her home grand slam, so she wants to play and she wants to do well, so she’s preparing for that.”

This is an answer that would not have come as a surprise for a lot of people. Serena is 38 years old and she has won so many titles throughout her career. She is still playing tennis to achieve her biggest goal – becoming the GOAT of women’s tennis.

This record for most number of Grand Slams is currently being held by Margaret Court who won 24. Serena just needs one more Slam to equal this record.

That one Slam has eluded her for the past few years. She had 4 opportunities to win it during 2018 and 2019 by reaching the finals of many Grand Slams. Sadly, she lost all of those matches.

The American star is going to make sure that does not happen this year at the US Open where she will finally cement her position as the greatest women’s tennis player of all time.

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“Good Person”: Rafael Nadal Opens up on His Relationship With Rival Novak Djokovic

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Many tennis fans wonder how Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic get along outside the tennis court. Their conduct towards each other on the tennis court is always respectful, and that translates outside the court as well, as admitted by Nadal. The Spaniard spoke about his relationship with Djokovic, whom he called a good person.

“I have a good relationship with him. Is a good person. We must relativize things between us,”  Nadal said, in a recent interview, throwing light on his camaraderie with Djokovic.

There was also speculation among fans as to what Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic spoke about at the end of their French Open 2020 final. Interestingly, it was one of the most one-sided battles they have played over the years. However, Nadal said that Djokovic, with whom he shares a strong relationship, simply congratulated him and nothing more.

Rafael Nadal understands why Novak Djokovic did not say much

I could not talk to him. He congratulated me on the track and that’s it. It is normal,” Nadal said. He said he understands that Djokovic was not in a mood to talk, as no one usually is, after a heartbreaking loss.

When you lose a game like that, you don’t really want to talk. I understand it,” Nadal added.

Nadal avenged his one-sided loss in the 2019 Australian Open final against Djokovic. The two men also shared a respectful exchange during the trophy ceremony post their match. Nadal lauded Djokovic and said he hopes to keep facing him, further adding to their already great rivalry.

What you’re doing in tennis is very very special. Hope to keep facing you [Djokovic] on the court for the next couple of years,” Nadal said to Djokovic.

The mutual respect between the two stars

Despite not having a conversation with Nadal after the match, Djokovic spoke highly of Nadal in his post-match presser. Djokovic highlighted why Nadal is a great champion. He also admitted that it was one of those days where Nadal was simply the better player and there was not much he could do to tame the ‘King of Clay’.

I was also thinking that these conditions are more favorable to me. I was feeling great throughout the tournament playing. […] But, yeah, I mean, Rafa has proven everybody wrong. That’s why he’s a great champion. He just played a fantastic match today,” he said.

The two champions are expected to resume their rivalry at the ATP Finals next month. While they will not face each other in the Round Robin stage, the anticipation of another Nadal-Djokovic final is already running high.

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