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“I’m always rooting for Rafael Nadal” Serena Williams calls the Spaniard an inspiration after his feats this season

Having won both majors of the season and being a heavy favourite for the third, Rafael Nadal gets praised by Serena Williams ahead of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships.

Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams

Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal are currently separated by just one major between them and both the players are leading their respective tours for most majors won in the Open Era. Serena with her 23 majors is just one title shy of matching the legendary Margaret Court‘s record of 24 Grand Slam titles which the Australian won combined in the Amateur and Open Era. Nadal is on 22 majors and looks certain to catch up with the two ladies.

Nadal turned Pro in 2001 while Serena had then spent nearly 5 seasons on the circuit and had picked up multiple majors by the time the Spaniard became a Tour regular. Despite her seniority, she has not shied away from admitting that Rafa has been an inspiration for her, especially this season after the former World No. 1 won both majors of the season so far battling injuries in between them and from being in a 3-way race for most majors won by men to leading the race by two titles.

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“I named my dog after Rafael Nadal”: Serena Williams

Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams

Serena and Rafa last played in the same event at the 2021 French Open with the American making it to the 4th round while Nadal exited in the semi-finals with a foot injury that kept him out of Wimbledon last season. This year’s Wimbledon will see the two champions in the same event after more than a year and with Nadal coming in the hopes of winning his third Channel Slam (French Open and Wimbledon in the same season) and the Calendar Slam, Serena also talked about his achievements this season.

“He’s done a lot in 2022. He’s been busy. I’ve always been a Rafa fan. I named my dog after him. He’s so cute. I miss the little guy. I am always rooting for Rafa. He’s been really inspiring in everything he’s done this year and he has a lot more to do,” said Serena in her pre-tournament press conference in Wimbledon talking about Nadal winning the titles in Australia and Paris along with two Tour titles as well that has seen him lead the ATP Tour for most titles won this season, tied with countryman Carlos Alcaraz.

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