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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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See How Serena Williams Outshines Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Others in a Spectacular Stat

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One just can’t put Serena Williams away from making or breaking any records. Although the Queen of Tennis failed to win her 24th Grand Slam title in 2020 too, she impressed fans with her exceptional gameplay. Despite facing an Achilles injury in the later part of the season, the 39-year-old gave some tough competition to the upcoming generation in the last decade.

 

 

Interestingly, Serena had the most number of wins against the top 10 WTA players in the last decade (2011-2020). She started the decade when she was in her early thirties and still managed to win most of her matches. What is even more applauding is the fact that Serena leads the list by a huge margin.

She won 73 games against the top 10 players which are 20 more than Petra Kvitova who had 53 wins. The next on the list is 2-time Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka with 52 wins against the top 10.

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Williams also topped the list of players having the best win percentage in the decade. She completely dominated the list with a win percentage of 88.49% way ahead of the second-placed Maria Sharapova with 77.37%.

Serena Williams- The player with the most number of Grand Slam wins in the decade

Although Serena hasn’t won a single Grand Slam title since her return in 2017, she won the most number of matches at Grand Slams.

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The 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams won 158 matches in Grand Slams. Angelique Kerber, the second on the list is nowhere near to Williams on the list with 101 wins.

With this, the 39-year-old American topped the list of players with the best win percentage in Slams as well. She won 88.27% of her games again maintaining a 10% lead over the second-placed Sharapova.

Recently, she lost to Azarenka in the semis of the US Open 2020. After that, she caught up with an injury which forced her to withdraw from the French Open 2020 mid-way.

The Queen will be now returning back to the court at the Australian Open 2021. Fans hope that the upcoming season will be a great one for her and expect her to lift her 24th Grand Slam title in Melbourne.







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