Rafa Roundup: Moya believes Nadal can win Calendar Grand Slam

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While the calendar Grand Slam remains on the cards, Moya warned Nadal is only halfway to completing the illustrious haul as the Spaniard heads to Wimbledon.

“It is a realistic goal, right now he is the only one that can achieve it this year,” Moya told Eurosport Spain.

“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.”

“Rafa is one of the favourites at Wimbledon, comes with a lot of confidence and is difficult to beat. He is among the five best athletes in history and has changed the sport with what he has achieved throughout his career. If Rafa is good mentally and plays confidently, he is a favorite,” Ferrer said.

He’s pulled off the Roland Garros-Wimbledon double twice before. He achieved one of the toughest doubles in tennis in 2008 and 2010, which was when there was only a two-week grass court lead-up season between the two. He’s one of just two men in the Open Era to pull off the Roland Garros-Wimbledon double multiple times, alongside Bjorn Borg, who did it three straight years in 1978, 1979 and 1980.

Vancouver and Berlin have been named as host cities for the Laver Cup in 2023 and 2024 respectively, following a comprehensive and competitive bidding process. The news comes as preparations ramp up for this year’s event, which will take place at The O2 in London this September.

The Laver Cup will be staged at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena from September 22-24, 2023 while Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena will host the Laver Cup from September 20-22, 2024.

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  1. It’s about time the rest of the world realised what we have known all long… Rafael Nadal is not tmjust the tennis GOAT… he is the GOAT of all sports ever. How we decided to start loving him years before he even won 5 French Open titles is due to our keen eye for greatness (ha! I always simply loved his kindness combined with amazing tenacity). I will be so sad when he says goodbye. I pray it’s not for a little while longer. Thankful for every day he does play. Thank you for all the joy you have given me, Rafa. God bless you.

  2. Congrats, Rafa! Nice win over Stan the Man! Glad Stan is back! Call me old fashioned but I was glad Rafa was under the radar at the Australian Open and then the French Open! He won both and no one saw that coming due to prior injury! I am glad Rafa is healthy for Wimbledon! Wishing Rafa all the best on the grass! So looking forward to the 3rd Grand Slam of the year!

  3. Congratulation, Rafa! It’s a supernatural game.Excellent strength and brilliance in your shots. You made everyone happy and inspired. Looking forward for more wins until you reach final for CHAMPIONSHIP and GS23. Praying for every points for you to WIN. Be strong and courageous for the battle. YOU CAN DO IT! God’s favor and blessing on you. STAY BLESSED and PEACEFUL!

  4. Yes I have Rafa ear marked for No. 3 Wmbd which is 23 GS, and Calendar Slam at USO making 24 GS… Rafa can and will do this. Vamos

  5. Congratulations on the win, Rafa. We hope you are feeling confident and healthy. All the best for the season as you proceed “little by little” 👏👍🤛💪🍀🎾❤️

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