Former World No.1 and Spanish icon Manolo Santana believes that his fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal can match Roger Federer’s record of 17 Grand Slam titles in the next few years. Santana admits that as long as Rafa remains healthy and injury-free, there should be no reason for him not to match the record.
“Nadal is every Spanish athlete’s favorite. He’s writing not only tennis’ history.” Santana said. “I think he’ll stay at these levels for at least four more years. I hope injuries will spare him and that he can equal Roger Federer on the slams number”
Since his return from a career-threatening knee injury in February, Nadal has won 10 ATP titles, including two Grand Slams (Roland Garros and US Open) and five Masters 1000 events. Following his US Open victory over Novak Djokovic, Nadal regained the no. 1 position on the Emirates ATP rankings the following week and also reached the finals of the Barclays World Tour Finals, making it arguably the greatest comeback seasons in the Open Era.
Rafa will begin his 2014 season in Doha, Qatar before leaving for Melbourne to take part in the Australian Open; the only Grand Slam event he missed in 2013.