Wilander: At this time next year, Nadal could have 18 Grand Slams

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The Spaniard just won his 10th French Open, and 15th major overall, in Paris. (AP)

A resurgent Rafael Nadal won his 10th French Open, and 15th major overall, at Roland Garros this past weekend, snapping a three-year Grand Slam drought.

The Spaniard didn’t drop a set along the way, establishing his dominance from his first ball to his last.

And just because the clay season is officially over, there’s no reason to think that the 31-year-old is going to slow down anytime soon.

According to Mats Wilander, this run might just be the beginning of what could be an even more historic year.

“Absolutely he is one of the main favorites now for Wimbledon,” the three-time French Open champion said, according to Reuters. “…He has taken confidence away from [Stan] Wawrinka, from [Andy] Murray, even though he didn’t play him. And Roger Federer is a very happy man that he didn’t come to the French, because his confidence has not been dented.”

As for the remaining Grand Slams on the 2017 calendar, Nadal is a two-time champion at Wimbledon (2008 and 2010) and a two-time champion at the U.S. Open (2010 and 2013). He hasn’t won at the All England Club in seven years, and has made it to the fourth round just once since 2012. Nadal reached the final in Melbourne this past January, and in 2014 and 2012, but has only hoisted the trophy there once, in 2009.

Still, Wilander believes that, the way he’s playing, Nadal has the ability to hold all four majors, just as Novak Djokovic did this past year.

“Rafa could arrive here next year, in May, with 18,” the Hall of Famer told the news agency.

Nadal is taking this week off, and will return to action on June 19 at the Aegon Championships in London.


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