Laver questions Nadal Slam

2011-01-13 18:56

Washington - Tennis great Rod Laver says that if Rafael Nadal wins this month's Australian Open for a fourth major title in a row, it would be "a great effort" - but not a Grand Slam.

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In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Laver says: "He's got three under his belt, and he's playing well. There's a good chance he could pull it off. But it's not a Grand Slam, certainly."

Nadal is seeded No. 1 at the Australian Open, which begins on Monday.

The Spaniard's consecutive championships at the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open came in 2010, so if he wins in Australia, his 4 for 4 would stretch over two seasons.

Laver was the last man to win tennis' four top tournaments consecutively, and he did it in a calendar year in 1962 and 1969.


  • Proffie - 2011-01-13 20:18

    1962, 1969..consecutivly? Am I missing something?

      BardofAvon - 2011-01-13 21:10

      Nope Proffie the writer was missin' somep'n it seems!

      Reacher - 2011-01-14 12:48

      Yes you are poofter, there is a comma seperating it. It means he did the four tournaments consecutively. and he did it in 1962 and 1969...

  • Ringo - 2011-01-13 21:17

    He won all 4 in a single calender year and he did it twice, Proffie.

  • evanzerf - 2011-01-13 21:22

    He won four grand slams consecutively in 1962 & 1969....

  • Jaco - 2011-01-14 18:21

    Re the above- it seems the twitter generation does not understand the function of commas.

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