Rafa Roundup: Chris Hemsworth thinks Nadal is the best fit for a Marvel superhero

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If the Spaniard can defeat Fritz and then go on to take the title on Sunday, he would be three quarters of the way to the calendar-year Grand Slam, while also matching Serena Williams on 23 Grand Slam singles titles, which would make him the joint most successful tennis player, either male or female, in the Open era.

During a recent interview with a Spanish newspaper called Elmundo, the renowned actor revealed that Nadal is the best fit for a Marvel Superhero, given the Spaniard’s spectacular Australian Open win.

“Without a doubt, he does deserve to be a Marvel superhero, he is the absolute best superhero,” Hemsworth said. “I love the Spanish culture. Of course the food is amazing. I do not hide that my passion for Spain is the responsibility of my wife.”

The impending retirements of Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal — winners of a combined 65 major singles titles — have some worried about the end of the glory days of tennis. But a bigger existential crisis is facing the sport: climate change.

The sport follows the sun 10 months of the year, and more than 80 percent of its tournaments are played outdoors. And there are no substitutions in tennis: Players spend hours on the court without teammates ready to take their place while they rest.

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