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    Serena Williams, Iga Swiatek & Emma Raducanu Draw Inspiration From Rafael Nadal At Wimbledon | ATP Tour

    By no means earlier than has Rafael Nadal entered Wimbledon after profitable the 12 months’s first two Grand Slam occasions. However with the 2022 Australian Open and Roland Garros titles in tow, a trophy in his fifteenth Wimbledon would put him on the point of the Grand Slam — profitable all 4 majors in the identical 12 months. That feat that has not been achieved in males’s singles since Rod Laver in 1969.

    Tennis followers and gamers alike have taken observe of the 36-year-old’s historic season, together with most of the WTA’s hottest gamers.

    “He is accomplished rather a lot in 2022. He is been busy,” Serena Williams mentioned Saturday in her Wimbledon pre-tournament press convention. “I’ve at all times been a Rafa fan… so clearly I am at all times rooting for Rafa. He is been actually inspiring in every thing that he is accomplished this 12 months. And he has much more to do.”

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    Williams named certainly one of her canines after the Spaniard — Christopher Chip Rafael Nadal, a Yorkshire Terrier. The 40-year-old Williams, who’s making ready for her first aggressive singles match since final 12 months’s Wimbledon, is keen to affix Nadal amongst this season’s Grand Slam champions.

    WTA World No. 1 Iga Swiatek, who captured the Roland Garros singles title earlier this month, is equally impressed by her fellow Paris champion. The Pole enters Wimbledon on a 35-match profitable streak after scoring her second title within the French capital. She additionally reached the semi-finals on the Australian Open, the place she was in a position to watch Nadal’s five-set comeback in opposition to Daniil Medvedev from inside Rod Laver Enviornment.

    “I watched the Australian Open remaining reside and I might see how a lot work he is placing [in],” she mentioned. “Typically when he is not even enjoying his greatest tennis, how he is coming again, discovering options on courtroom, it is a fantastic inspiration.

    “For positive, the way in which he is dealing with [the] damage and the ache that he has, it is simply the instance of how one of the best sort of athletes take care of that. It is simply actually inspirational. Solely Rafa might do it, you recognize?”

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    Reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu additionally had her say on the Spaniard. Although the 19-year-old is firmly within the highlight as she returns to her native Nice Britain for her second Wimbledon, she has managed to search out time to look at the likes of Nadal and Novak Djokovic on the apply courts.

    “I am 19…  simply to be watching Rafa and Novak at such shut vary, to have the ability to participate and attempt to study from them, stroll amongst these nice gamers, it is nonetheless particular,” she mentioned. “I do not assume it actually ever modifications once you’re watching these greats. It is superb to have them round main such a fantastic instance.

    “It is solely my second Wimbledon, and I am actually new to this nonetheless. It is a actually particular feeling.”

    Nadal, the second seed at Wimbledon, is ready to open his marketing campaign on Tuesday in opposition to Francisco Cerundolo. It is going to be his first aggressive motion since he lifted the Roland Garros trophy on 5 June.

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