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History at Australian Open: Rafael Nadal’s No. 21 arrives in ’22

Jan 31, 2022

He took the panoramic detour, yet Rafael Nadal at last got to the enchanted number of 21, breaking the bind with his incredible counterparts Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Their advancement in this Grand Slam race over very nearly twenty years has snared tennis fans and incited different contentions in the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) debate.The Swiss was preeminent during this period. He succeeded something like one Grand Slam title every year, and on three events (2004, 2006 and 2007) three of the four. Truth be told, in 2006 and 2007, it was just misfortunes to Nadal in the French Open finals that kept Federer from finishing the Calendar Grand Slam. He secured 12 of his 20 titles during this period (3 Australian Opens, 5 Wimbledon crowns, 4 US Opens).Nadal broke on to the scene in 2005, winning Roland Garros in his first endeavor. He won it multiple times straight, yet was frequently viewed as just an earth court monster till he beat Federer in an essential Wimbledon last in 2008. The two won 10 out of the 12 Grand Slam titles in the three-year time frame. The Swiss won four and the Spaniard six of those.A few additional competitors jumped in with both feet (Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray, Marin Cilic), this period saw Federer, Nadal and Djokovic cornering a large portion of the enormous titles among them. The Serb’s first Grand Slam title was the 2008 Australian Open, yet it was the 2011 season when he transformed into his prevailing self, winning three of the four crowns. Every one of them three alternated to be the big cheese. Of the 32 Grand Slams played, 25 were taken by the Three Musketeers. Nadal won eight of those, yet it was Djokovic who was the most productive (13 Grand Slam titles). Taking everything into account, when he was considered past his best having not won a major one for four-and-a-half years, he returned to win three of five, beginning from the 2017 Australian Open.It is a period during which Federer, because of his propelling years and age, was a sorry variable at the Majors. Truth be told, aside from the incredible 2019 Wimbledon last, where he held two match focuses prior to capitulating to Djokovic, the Swiss never drew near. The Serb won six of the Grand Slam titles during this period, while Nadal warded breaking off being the extraordinary survivor he is. He has forever been the greatest competitor at Roland Garros, however figured out how to make his quality felt on hard courts as well.

Presently, with the French Open straightaway and a question mark on Djokovic’s cooperation in enormous occasions because of his Covid inoculation status, Nadal might have a chance to put some sunlight among him and the pursuing pack, despite the fact that there are a large group of youthful challengers waiting to pounce.

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