if a year ago, someone had suggested rafa would win majors on all 3 surfaces in 2010, many of us would've scratched our heads in disbelief.. and even after rafa's heartbreaking loss to murray at the aussie open this year, the notion of rafa suddenly going on to win the remaining 3 majors seemed still out of the question..
and yet, that's exactly what rafa managed to do..
and now that rafa's healthy and has fully regained his confidence once again and put his annus horribilis of 2009 (as well as the nearly year-long slump that followed it) behind him, can anyone really doubt 2011 will finally be rafa's calendar slam year?
a healthy, and hence a confident rafa simply cannot be derailed at the majors at this rate, regardless of surface.. murray's never done it, the djoker's never done it, delpo's never done it, roger did it only twice during his prime ('06 and '07 wimbledon finals) but since then, nada.. and at the current rate of roger's decline, i seriously doubt the swiss will be the one to derail rafa next year at the majors..
the mallorcan with the 'golden' career slam touch will enter the record books in a huge way next year by becoming the first man to win all 4 majors on 3 different surfaces (clay, grass and hc) in the same calendar year..
2009 served as the catalyst to take rafa's game to a whole new level of all-surface mastery and confidence and that level has not been matched by anyone at the majors so far this year..
that said, is there anyone out there who still doubts rafa can pull off the historic 'calendar slam' feat next year? if so, how so?
I doubt it.
Federer fans (and the media) thought at one time that Federer could win the Grand Slam rather easily since he was racking up three slams a year, and it did seem that way, but there is always something out there to derail the process. For Federer it was the hurdle of RG. For Rafa it will probably be something we don't foresee now.
The odds are against it.
And it pains me to see Nadal fans doing this sort of crappy predicting of future glory. Nothing is a given in tennis.