“Rafael Nadal is the only one who can achieve it” Carlos Moya believes the ‘Calendar Slam’ is a realistic goal for the Spaniard

Having won both the Grand Slam titles so far this season, Rafael Nadal's coach Carlos Moya dicusses the chances of winning a Calendar Slam.

Carlos Moya and Rafael Nadal
Carlos Moya and Rafael Nadal
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World No. 4 Rafael Nadal has been seeded 2nd at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships where he is looking to win his 3rd Wimbledon title and his record-extending 23rd career Grand Slam title. Having won both majors of the season so far, Nadal has a real shot at achieving the Calendar Slam (winning all 4 majors in one season), a feat achieved only by Rod Laver in the Open Era.

Novak Djokovic did come very close last year but he lost in the finals of the 2021 US Open and had to end his Grand Slam season with a 27-1 record. Nadal would still need to win the titles in Wimbledon and New York to achieve the rarest feat in tennis. While so far the focus remained on his fitness going into the French Open and before his confirmation for Wimbledon, but, now with his participation confirmed, even the Nadal camp is looking to achieve the feat.

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“Rafael Nadal is perfectly suited to Grass”: Carlos Moya

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Speaking about the campaign in Wimbledon and the rewards that it brings, Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya revealed the planning of the Nadal camp going to the All-England Club. Moya also gave insights into how Nadal is coping with the preparation switching from clay to grass.

“It is a realistic goal, right now he is the only one that can achieve it(Calendar Slam) this year. It is the first time in his career that he is in a position to achieve it, but we see it as something far away, it is only halfway. At the moment he doesn’t lose sleep, as a team few things keep us up at night and this is not one of them. We have to go little by little, it is not something that we talk about, it is not a primary objective, although we are not going to give up on it.”

“We had a pretty good week of training in Mallorca, although the grass there is a bit different from London, maybe that’s why it’s taking a little bit for him to adapt to the grass in England. Right now, the important thing is that he spends time on the court and that his foot is fine, little by little he will pick up the pace, we also hope that the draw will help, especially in the first games.

“At Wimbledon, there can always be more surprises. Regardless of the player you get in those first rounds, what is dangerous is the type of opponent you get, you have to be careful with the sluggers. Now he has two important exhibition matches, my confidence in him for Wimbledon remains the highest. He is perfectly suited to grass,” said Moya in comments reported by Eurosport.

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