Rafael Nadal told the Calendar Slam is ‘a realistic goal’ this year

The Calendar Grand Slam is ‘a realistic goal’ for Rafael Nadal this season, says coach Carlos Moya.

Nadal has won the first two Grand Slams of the year for the first time in his career, meaning he can pursue one of tennis’ most difficult feats to achieve.

Novak Djokovic came to within one win of achieving it last season before losing in the final of the US Open, and Rod Laver remains the only man to achieve it, and that was all the way back in 1969.

Asked about if Rafael Nadal can achieve the Calendar Slam, Carlos Moya said: “It is a realistic goal.

“It is the first time in his career that he is in a position to achieve it, but we see it as something far away, it is halfway.

“At the moment, it doesn’t keep him up at night. As a team, few things keep us up at night and this isn’t one of them.

“We have to go little by little, it is not a primary objective, although we are not going to give up on it.”

“Rafael Nadal wants to do well always, wherever, his motivation is above any tournament. It is clear that Wimbledon is a good tournament for him. He has won it twice and made five finals in a row.

“The last two times he competed there, he made the semi-finals. He is perfectly suited to grass. I know that he can play very well, for me he aspires to the best.”

Rafael Nadal will be the second seed at Wimbledon, meaning he can’t run into Djokovic any earlier than the final.

However, Moya says they can’t afford to think too far ahead at SW19.

“At Wimbledon there can always be more surprises,” he said.

“Regardless of the player you get in those first rounds, what is dangerous is the type of opponent you get, you have to be careful with the sluggers, [but] my confidence in him for Wimbledon remains the highest.”

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