After missing the Grass court swing, the former World No.1 Rafael Nadal begins his US Open series campaign at the Citi Open in Washington. Meanwhile, Spaniard said that his rival Novak Djokovic is one of the clear favourites to win the major title in Flushing Meadows this year.
World No.1 Djokovic is in the quest to win the US Open this year to become the first man to complete the calendar-year Grand Slam since Australian Rod Laver in 1969.
Speaking about Serbian to capture all Grand Slam titles of this year, Nadal said, “He’s already won three, so when you win three, you can win four, without a doubt.”
“He’s going to be playing on hard courts, probably his best surface, so why not? Of course, it’s something difficult. (There are) going to be other guys that want to achieve the last Slam of the season. But of course, he’s one of the clear favourites,” Mallorcan added.
Djokovic Achieved This Year Is Something, Well, Amazing, says Rafael Nadal
Serb has created several histories this year. Most notably, he surpassed Roger Federer’s Open Era record of 310 weeks at world No.1 in March.
After winning the French Open title, Djokovic became the first man in the Open Era to win a Major after returning from 0-2 in two separate matches(fourth round against Lorenzo Musetti and the championship match against Stefanos Tsitsipas).
In addition, Novak became only the third man to win all four Grand Slam singles tournaments at least twice after Roy Emerson in 1967 and Rod Laver in 1969, and the first to accomplish a double career Grand Slam in the Open Era.
Novak also became the first and only man to win every Major, ATP Masters and ATP Finals at least twice. After winning Wimbledon at SW 19, Djokovic became the fifth man to achieve the “Channel Slam” by winning both the French Open and Wimbledon in the same calendar year.
Rafael Nadal further continued, “What he(Djokovic) achieved this year is something, well, amazing.” Once again, speaking about Serb to claim all Grand Slam this year”, Spaniard emphasised, “I definitely believe that he can do it, without a doubt.”
The Citi Open runs from 2-8 August in Washington, while the US Open will occur from 30th August to 12th September in New York.