American tennis legend Pam Shriver says she now absolutely believes Rafael Nadal can win Wimbledon and potentially complete a Calendar Grand Slam this year. Nadal, 36, has won the opening two Grand Slams of the year and now he is bidding to win his third Major title of the year at Wimbledon.
"12 months ago, I would have said ‘not a chance in the world’, but now he’s two legs up, had the foot procedure after the French Open and he’s looking good. He doesn’t start as my favorite to win Wimbledon, but he’s in my top two or three picks.
It’s possible that he can go into the US Open like Djokovic last year and already be three legs up," Shriver told Pickswise. "It’s a really intriguing part of this year’s Wimbledon, if he can get through the semis and into the final, the excitement will really build.
What he’s shown us by winning Grand Slams 21 (in Australia) and 22 (in France) and everything he told us afterwards about the foot, I think they were his two greatest accomplishments at this stage of his career. It could be one of those magical runs."
Nadal owns the all-time Grand Slam record
Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer all started the year tied at 20 Grand Slams each. At the Australian Open, Nadal was the only Big Three member that participated at the tournament as Djokovic was deported from the country due to his vaccination status, while Federer was out due to a knee surgery.
Nadal took the advantage of the absence of record nine-time Australian Open champion Djokovic and lifted at the time a record 21st Grand Slam title. Three months later, Nadal lifted a record 22nd Grand Slam title at the French Open.
Wimbledon is a place where Djokovic has had far more success than Nadal but the Spaniard is having an impressive year and some believe this could be the year he wins his third title at The Championships.