Rafael Nadal has a lifetime chance to win the Happy Slam again

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Rafael Nadal has a lifetime chance to win the Happy Slam again

Rafael Nadal will compete in the Australian Open 2022 with the aim of clinching his 21st Grand Slam title. The Spaniard has a lifetime chance to win the Happy Slam again. If he were to triumph for the second time in Melbourne Park (his only success dates back to 2009), the Spanish champion would overtake Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam standings.

The former world number 1 has just returned from some complicated months, having had to deal with chronic foot pain. The 35-year-old Majorcan played the misery of seven official tournaments in 2021, nevertheless managing to put two trophies on his beloved clay-courts.

The Manacor player has already forfeited a title in 2022, having won the Melbourne ATP 250 thanks to a series of quite convincing performances. Rafa will make his Australian Open debut against American Marcos Giron, before a probable crossing with local favorite Thanasi Kokkinakis (who has appeared in excellent shape in the last two weeks).

Speaking at Eurosport Germany, six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker said Nadal is among the favorites to win the Australian Open.

Rafa Nadal and his lifetime chance

"As long as Rafael Nadal plays tennis, he will always have a chance to add Grand Slams to his wall.

He will always be one of the favorites for the final victory," said Becker. "Rafa knows very well that Roland Garros is the tournament in which he has the greatest chance of conquering his 21st Major, but that does not mean that he is cut off from the title race in the other three rounds.

He has no pressure this year, no one expects anything from him at the Australian Open. His preparation was cut down by Coronavirus positivity and a foot injury, but there is no one who would like to meet him along the way.

Everyone knows what he is capable of," he added. The 20-time Grand Slam champion made his last AO final in 2019, when he was defeated by Novak Djokovic. "A legend like Nadal has nothing more to prove and he would not play if he thought he had no chance of winning," concluded Boris.