Rosewall: Nadal can surpass Federer

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Former tennis great Ken Rosewall believes that Rafa Nadal can overhaul Roger Federer’s Grand Slam record tally – if he follows Federer’s example.

Federer currently holds four more Grand Slam titles than Nadal with 20 – although Nadal is the odds-on favourite to add another at Roland Garros in the coming weeks.

The Spaniard appears to have overcome his latest injury problems and has returned to the top of the world rankings after yet another dominant clay court season.

And two-time Roland Garros champion Rosewall reckons that if Nadal prioritises the clay court season in years to come – much like Federer prioritises other parts of the season – it won’t be long before he overtakes Federer’s Grand Slam tally.

“There’s a good chance he will (catch Federer)… I think Rafa’s going to have to decide that he won’t play quite so much,” Rosewall told Reuters.

“He’s probably got to realise that he’s got to save himself at some other time on some other surface, so he may not play on hard court tournaments so much.

“That aside, there’s no reason why he can’t win a number more big tournaments.”

Rosewall still holds the record as the oldest ever men’s singles Grand Slam champion, after his Australian Open victory in 1972 at the age of 37.

But he admits that the record is in jeopardy as a result of Federer’s continuing exploits.

“Yes, the record could be (in danger),” Rosewall said.

“There’s no doubt that Roger’s going to be in good form, he always enjoys coming to Melbourne.

“Still, I’d be sorry to lose that title. But if I lose anything to Roger Federer, I’d be quite happy.”

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