Andre Agassi called Nadal "The freak from Mallorca" in an interview he and Steffi did at BBC recently.
Was it only a joke, a bad choice of words, or the guy (Andre) really meant it ?
Do you think the man who is tipping Nadal to win the calendar GS wants to insult him or to make a joke? I don't.
"When he first won in Paris and he came here and said it was awesome to win the French Open but his dream was to win in Wimbledon, people laughed and I was one of them," the American said a day before playing in an exhibition event to unveil the new roof over Wimbledon's Centre Court.
I never thought for a second his game could ever translate (on grass) but he calls his shot and he executes it and it wouldn't shock me to see him pull off the unthinkable.
The most difficult part of the season would be the transition from clay to grass in that sort of time frame (two weeks).
If you ever did well enough in Paris it was a pretty significant challenge to show up here feeling ready physically, emotionally or mentally.
So to see what Nadal managed to accomplish last year was part of what made it so special, watching that epic final (win over Roger Federer in five sets) that probably transcends any other match ever played."
The now-retired Agassi is one of only five men to have won all four majors during their career but his wins came in different years.
"I didn't think I'd ever see it (a calendar Grand Slam) just because it seems like the impossible (but)...this is the first time in a real long time we're going to have an opportunity to see somebody maybe pull that off."
"If Nadal retains Paris like he has done for the last number of years and comes here with the confidence to put together two good weeks, I think we could be looking at him in New York with a realistic opportunity of going on to achieve the unthinkable."