Former 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert thought two years ago Novak Djokovic would be the one who would finish with the all-time Grand Slam but now she admits Rafael Nadal is the one with the most realistic chance of finishing with the most Majors.
Last year, Djokovic won three Grand Slam titles, while Nadal went without a single Major. After a very challenging 2021 season, Nadal impressively bounced back this year as he made it all the way at the Australian Open and French Open.
On Sunday, Nadal handed a 6-3 6-3 6-0 loss to Casper Ruud in the French Open final. Nadal now has 22 Grand Slams, two more than Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Evert on Nadal's French Open victory
Nadal was absolutely dominant in the French Open as he lost a total of six games en route to clinching a straight-set victory.
"I thought two years ago that it would be Novak [who would win most Grand Slam titles], he was No. 1 in the world, Rafa was starting to only win the French Open and we weren’t sure if he could win on the hard courts as well," Evert said on Eurosport.
"But now he’s two ahead, his body seems to be holding up pretty well. I think this title is the most meaningful ever, going through adversity. Four or five weeks ago, did we even think he was going to play the French Open? But he comes back, he goes through a lot of tense matches.
Today he came out, full of freedom, very relaxed – I think he knew Casper didn’t have that one shot that could hurt him. Rafa played within himself, played solid and that was good enough for him to win the match against Casper."
Now, Nadal will take some time and address his foot issue. Nadal has confirmed that he plans to continue his career and that he would like to play Wimbledon.