“I Reckon I Could Get Two and Two” – Pat Rafter on Facing Rafael Nadal

Published 04/11/2020, 1:17 AM EDT


Rafael Nadal, the 19-time Grand Slam champion is certainly one of the greatest players ever to embrace the tennis court with his on-court success. Defeating Nadal is not within everyone’s capability and it takes a herculean effort to beat him. Former World No.1 Pat Rafter also believes that he will not succeed against Nadal even during his peak.

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Nadal has been one of the most difficult players to be beaten in the past decade and a half. He is mentally very strong and has a technical mastery over the game. Nadal hits ferocious forehands, he is strategically and tactically very strong.

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Moreover, his never say die attitude makes it even tougher for his opponents to come even closer to beating him. Rafter also feels that he could barely win some games if he would play against Rafa.

Pat Rafter not keen on facing Rafael Nadal

The 2-time Grand Slam champion from Australia explained that he will not enjoy playing against Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic. Rafter was pragmatic about his chances in the modern era of tennis. He wasn’t keen to face any current tennis player, especially Nadal and Djokovic.

“In today’s tennis, I would have hated to play against everyone in tennis, Rafter said in an interview with Eurosport.

“Rafa, I reckon I could get two and two [6-2, 6-2] in my heyday, on the fastest court you have ever seen. Rafa and Novak are two of the best players I’ve ever seen,” he concluded.

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However, Nadal would be keen to return on the court and continue to compete at his highest level at the major events. He is just one short of Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20-Grand Slam titles.

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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