It's the question that every fan of Rafael Nadal is asking. Will there be another Grand Slam added to the collection before the end of his career? Rafael Nadal has 14 Grand Slam titles to his name which include nine French Open titles, two at the US Open, two Wimbledon titles and one Australian Open. This proves his calibre on all surfaces despite his legendary status as 'The King of Clay.'
With only weeks until the US Open begins the talk of 'favourites' is once again upon us but surprisingly Nadal is not being hotly tipped for the title this time round. The hard courts of America have never been his strongest surface but with successes in 2010 and 2013 surely he is one of the guys who should be seen as a leading contender come August 31.
This year the best that Rafael Nadal could muster at the Grand Slams was a quarter final at the Australian Open and the French Open and he fell in the second round at Wimbledon to Dustin Brown who was ranked outside the top 100. By all accounts this has been the most disappointing year of the Spaniard's career.
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Despite his poor results this year there are still positive reasons to believe he can turn things around. His performances were much improved on the clay courts of Hamburg just a couple of weeks ago as he sealed his third title of the year beating Fabio Fognini of Italy in straight sets.
REASONS TO BE OPTIMISTIC?
The former world number one has been in this situation before therefore knows what it takes to come fighting back to his best form. In 2009 he pulled out of Wimbledon through injury and this would then go on to affect him throughout the year. However in 2010 he was in formidable form and won three out of the four Grand Slam tournaments and with it ended the year as the world number one.
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At 29 years old Nadal could easily have another three years of tennis ahead of him providing he takes care of his physical condition and stays injury free. He also has his beloved Roland Garros title to fight for each year and even though he has lost here twice he has won nine championships in total and surely has to be considered as one of the favourites for the next few years.
The most important trait that Nadal possesses is his inner warrior. Many tennis pundits have the opinion that he is the most mentally strong tennis player of his generation. He's never to be counted out. While his body might not be as strong or as fit as it once was, his mind is still a fortress and this can only count in his favour on his quest to win more Grand Slam titles.
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