Former two-time Grand Slam champion Stan Smith says he's surprised neither Rafael Nadal nor Roger Federer have ever captured a career Grand Slam. Nadal and Federer have been two of the most successful players at the Grand Slam level, as they each have 20 Majors in his collection.
The last man to complete a Calendar Grand Slam was Rod Laver, who accomplished the feat in 1969. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has won each of the season's opening three Grand Slams and will complete a Calendar Grand Slam if wins the US Open.
"Nadal and Federer are certainly capable and have won three [in one year]," Smith told the ATP website. "I'm surprised one of those guys wasn't in that position." Unfortunately for tennis fans around the world, Nadal and Federer will be out for the remainder of the 2021 season.
"Hello everyone, I wanted to inform you that unfortunately I have to finish the 2021 season. Honestly, I have 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 the family, this decision was has taken and I think it is the way forward to try to recover and recover well," Nadal said in a statement.
Federer recently announced his withdrawal from the US Open
Notably, putting his expertise on display, Roger Federer met with wheelchair tennis icons, Shingo Kunieda, and Gordon Reid. In his fun fact conversation, the 40-year-old dates back to his playing days and how things have changed ever since.
“Back in the day, 20 30 years ago, we always said to hit a volley is better than to hit a passing shot. Now with the grass, it changed and made it so much easier to play with the baseline that’s why I saw a statistic before the final there was only 4 percent of serve and volley played at Wimbledon this year which is the lowest it’s ever been in the last 20 years which just shows that you can play better from the baseline,” he added.
Roger also talked about the importance of trusting your instincts and backing your decision in the game, especially on the court. He said, “In my mind, on grass, you are not allowed to second-guess yourself. You have to go with your first big decision and then be very strong about it.
You have to say ‘ok this is my decision. I went with it. I made a mistake, it didn’t work out. Fine, I’ll try again.’ Just go point from point like that”.