Former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport said she would like to see Rafael Nadal win a 21st Grand Slam title. Nadal, 35, hasn't won a Grand Slam since winning the 2020 French Open. "It's great to see him back out there healthy but three out of five sets on a hardcourt, on his body, I just don't know.
I mean I wanna see him get to 21. I think so much good could come out of it if Rafa has a great tournament and potentially wins here but lets see physically how he holds up," Davenport said on Tennis Channel, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
Nadal makes a positive start at the Australian Open
On Monday, Nadal cruised past Marcos Giron 6-1 6-4 6-2 to reach the Australian Open second round. "We got to remember, there was a chance that Rafa wasn't even gonna come.
Not only the foot, (but he also) tested positive for COVID in late December. So everyone was thrilled when he got off the plane and showed the picture of himself on Rod Laver Arena. But I think it's probably a big ask at this tournament, the courts are playing very fast.
He's played seven tournaments, each of the last two years," Davenport added. After beating Giron, Nadal admitted the last few months have been very challenging. “It’s been a very challenging few months… tough moments with a lot of doubts – there still are doubts,” Nadal said.
“But I am here and I can’t be happier to be back in Australia in this amazing stadium. “You never know when you come back from injury, which unfortunately I have a lot of experience with, how things will be, so you have to take it day by day.
You have to forgive yourself if things aren’t going the proper way”. Nadal plays Yannick Hanfmann in the second round.