Wimbledon is fast approaching and it would be interesting to see how Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz perform at the next Grand Slam event. Nadal has already won the Australian Open and the French Open this year and has his sights set on a Calendar Slam. With 22 Grand Slams under his belt, Nadal hopes to be as much ahead of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who are currently tied at 20 Grand Slams each. Former Indian tennis player Vijay Amritraj spoke to UK Time News about the upcoming Grand Slam tournament and whether Nadal surprised him with his longevity.
“Did he (Nadal) surprise me, no. Is he the toughest tennis player ever? You know, you probably put a guy or two in his category, Djokovic hitting the most outstanding attacking shots from a defensive position, Rafa focusing on point after point is probably the biggest desire I’ve seen in anyone’s eyes, to focus on every point. The answer would be a mixed yes.” Amritraj told UK Time News.
When asked if he noticed a change in Novak Djokovic this year after the Australian Open episode, the 68-year-old said: “I think it was unfortunate, in this regarding the Australian Open episode. But as you look back at the clay court events where he came back, he started playing some of his best tennis again and what amazed me is that even with the absence of match play he has kept his fitness very high. this year I think he is going to be a distance position.”
Carlos Alcaraz made headlines this year after surprising Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at the Madrid Open. Amritraj believes the youngster is here to stay and has the mental toughness to stay the course.
“There’s no doubt he (Carlos Alcaraz) is here to stay. He’s a real deal, he’s got a terrific all-around game. His second serve is hard to attack, for a guy who’s not a big man, he’s got a good serve. He attacks well, he plays the drop shots well. He’s got a full game, he’s here to stay and I think he’s got the mental toughness to stay the course,” Amritraj said.
Finally, speaking about the women’s singles event at Wimbledon, Amritraj said: “Iga Swiatek is the clear favorite at Wimbledon. She has had a remarkable first six months of the year, it seems like she sees the ball as a ball. Things seem to be going steadily for her, I think she is ready to win her first English Championship. But you have a lot of challengers. Simona Halep has already won, she has had a bit of a hollow but she’s back where she belongs.”
“I think with Serena coming back this year, expectations will be lower. She has played fewer matches than anyone. Star Sports Network from June 27 to July 10.
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