While the Grand Slam race between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal—and potentially even Novak Djokovic—will be a hot topic at the Slams throughout the year, it’s going to heat up right away in Melbourne next month, because if Nadal wins the title, he’ll set the new all-time men’s record.
The two are currently tied for the record with 20 Grand Slam titles apiece—Nadal actually tied Federer’s record at the last major, Roland Garros, after which the Swiss only had kind words for him.
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Second seed Spain, which finished runner-up in 2020, will aim to move through Group B, which includes Greece and Australia. World No. 2 Rafael Nadal leads the way for his country for the second consecutive year.
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“The Foundation is a part of Rafa, so whenever an opportunity to collaborate falls into his hands he doesn’t hesitate to get involved,” she says. “He’s always happy to participate in events and that helps to draw more interest to the Foundation which is private and we receive funds from various sources, including collaborators, sponsors, anonymous donors and charitable events.”
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While World No.1 Novak Djokovic (also in Adelaide) has called on Tennis Australia to help players struggling in quarantine in Melbourne, Nadal has remained silent. And that fact has angered Pella.
“Djokovic’s balcony is bigger than my room. But at least he said something,” Pella told a tennis podcast from his hotel room.
“I’m surprised with Nadal and (Dominic) Thiem’s silence”.
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