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Australian Open and French Open wins will motivate Rafael Nadal to keep going on: Former World No.1 Tim Henman


Rafael Nadal, on Sunday, June 5, defeated Norway’s Casper Ruud to win his 14th title in the French Open at Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal of Spain. Courtesy: Reuters

Rafael Nadal of Spain. Courtesy: Reuters

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nadal won his 14th French Open title on Sunday
  • Nadal has won the Wimbledon 2 times
  • Nadal conjured praise from Henman

Former World No.1 Tim Henman reckoned that the wins in the Australian Open and the recently-concluded French Open will motivate Rafael Nadal to carry on and take part in the remaining Grand Slams this year despite facing injury concerns.

Nadal won the clay court tournament at Roland Garros after beating Norway’s Casper Ruud in straight sets on Sunday, June 6. The 36-year-old mentioned that his participation in the Wimbledon, starting June 27, depends on his chronic foot injury.

“If Nadal is healthy, which is a big challenge with his foot injury – can he win Wimbledon? Absolutely, and that’s incredibly exciting,” Henman was quoted as saying on Eurosport.

“Don’t forget he’s won the Australian Open, the French Open, now you can talk about the Grand Slam being on. Surely it is going to motivate him to keep on going,” he stated.

Henman, a four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist, is currently on the board of the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

“That’s what we are keeping our fingers and toes crossed for because it’s a privilege to see one of the greatest champions in our sport playing like that,” Henman added.

Nadal has won 22 Grand Slams and has left the likes of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer behind. In fact, it was Djokovic whom Nadal defeated in the quarter-final of the French Open at Court Phillippe-Chatrier.

Nadal won his 14th French Open title, the most by any tennis player in the history of the championship. The Spaniard has won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010.



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