“Going to Try and Stop Him”: Simona Halep’s Coach Says Rafael Nadal Will Deny Novak Djokovic Calendar Slam at US Open 2021

Published 07/17/2021, 8:01 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Spain’s Rafael Nadal before their semi final match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Novak Djokovic has been running a riot on the court this season. The Serbian legend has already won three of the five Majors this year. He also recently confirmed that he would take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Only last weekend, Novak won his 20th Grand Slam title, equaling the record of his fellow ‘G.O.A.T’s, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.


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With back-to-back titles, the ‘wolf’ seems unstoppable right now. However, Simona Halep’s coach, Darren Cahill, believes that there is only one man who can rain over the Serbian’s parade. “Nadal is going to try and stop him in New York,” Cahill said.


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“He’s ready to be a big challenge”- Darren Cahill on Rafael Nadal

In conversation with former American Tennis player, Patrick McEnroe, the two legends discuss who can be a roadblock to Novak Calendar-year Grand Slam.

“You know that Rafa likes to play in New York. He likes the high bouncing conditions and he’s had big success there before as well. So Rafa has taken a wild-card in Cincinnati, we’ll probably see him in Canada. He’s in Washington as well. He’s going to play some hard-court tennis, so he’s ready to be a big challenge in New York. We can’t wait for that with Novak going for the Grand Slam,” said Darren.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021, Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his semi final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Despite the analysis of the two experts, the scenario was different when the two ‘G.O.A.T’s met earlier this year. Not long ago, Djokovic went head to head with Nadal in the semi-finals of the French Open 2021. They promised an enthralling battle as the World No. 1 aimed to dethrone the King of clay.

Rightly so, after a phenomenal display of tennis, Novak was successful in his quest to defeat Rafael and progress into the finals of the Roland Garros.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Spain’s Rafael Nadal after winning their semi final match REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

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Following one emphatic victory with another, the Serbian went on to win the French Open in a breathtaking final. Novak was declared down and out after losing the first two sets. However, in a test of his character and spirit, Novak aced his way back into the game, winning the next 3 sets to clinch the title.

Can Novak Djokovic make it 5 out 5?


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The World No. 1 has repeatedly lived up to his rank. He started off his blockbuster season with an incredible performance at the Australian Open before winning the French Open and the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. However, winning three consecutive titles on the bounce is not enough for the ‘wolf’. He will soon chase Gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and fans will observe attentively as he tries to create history yet again.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning the French Open against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

In the meantime, having pulled out of the Summer Olympic games, Rafael Nadal will appear at the ATP 500 event in Washington. Preparations begin from both players as one marches on towards creating history while the other fights to regain his legacy.


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