Former two-time Grand Slam champion Stan Smith says he is surprised that neither Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer never captured a Career Grand Slam. Nadal and Federer have been one of the most successful players at the Grand Slam level as each have 20 Majors in their collection.
The last man to complete a Calendar Grand Slam was Rod Laver, who achieved the feat in 1969. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has won each of the opening three Grand Slams of the season and he will complete a Calendar Grand Slam if he wins the US Open.
"Nadal and Federer are certainly capable and they’ve won three [in a year],” Smith told the ATP website. “I am surprised that one of those guys hasn't been in that position”.
Nadal and Federer out of the US Open, Djokovic the top favorite
Unfortunately for tennis fans all around the world, Nadal and Federer are out for the rest of the 2021 season.
"Hello everyone, I wanted to inform you that unfortunately I have to end the 2021 season. Honestly, I’ve been suffering a lot more than I should with my foot for a year and I need to take some time. After having discussed it with the team and family, this decision has been made and I think it is the way forward to try to recover and recover well," Nadal said in a statement.
"It’s a year that I’ve missed things that matter a lot to me, like Wimbledon, like the Olympics, how the United States Open is going to be now, like many other events that are also important to me and in view of the fact that during this last year I have not had the ability to train and prepare and compete in the way that I really like do it.
"In the end, I come to the conclusion that what I need is time to recover, change a series of things, try to understand what has been the evolution of their feet in recent times. It is not a new injury, it is an injury that I have had since 2005 and it had not prevented me from developing my sports career during all these years."