Having secured his impressive 22nd Grand Slam at the French Open this year, Rafael Nadal now has two more major titles than his nearest competitor Novak Djokovic. The Spaniard is on course for a clean sweep of the Grand Slam titles in 2022 and now all eyes turn to the next major at Wimbledon.

Confidence growing in Nadal camp

Nadal enjoyed the perfect start to the year with victory in the Australian Open and he has not really looked back since. The 36-year-old, who is currently priced at odds of 13/2 when you bet on tennis with Paddy to win the US Open later this year, impressed on the hard courts down in Melbourne before landing an amazing 14th French Open title at Roland Garros. In the Wimbledon betting, Nadal is also 13/2 to win the title at the All-England Club, in what would be his third triumph at SW19.

The last time the man from Mallorca managed to win the Wimbledon title was in 2010, but he is showing the form and confidence to potentially go all the way, once again, this year.


Nadal’s ability to put a string of performances together to win both the Aussie and French Open this year stands him in good stead. As Eurosport have reported, the experienced player has revealed that he has to do extra work in training behind the scenes these days to keep himself in the shape needed to challenge for major titles. It certainly seems to be paying off for a player who has managed to pull away from the likes of Djokovic and fellow great, Roger Federer, in the Grand Slam standings.

Managing injury will be key

While Nadal has been able to land two major titles already in 2022, he has had to play through the pain barrier in the process. A chronic foot injury has plagued Nadal, but he has been able to manage it enough to still add to his Grand Slam collection. After lifting yet another trophy at the French Open, Nadal admitted he could not go on much longer playing with the problem in his left foot in its current state. As The Express have highlighted, Nadal’s team will be working tirelessly to try and keep on top of the issue and possibly find a more long-term solution to keep the Spanish star at the top of the sport for a few more seasons to come.

Punters looking to back Nadal for the last two majors of the year might well have concerns about whether his foot will hold up to the rigours of Wimbledon’s grass surfaces or the hard courts of Flushing Meadows. The fierce competitor Nadal is, he will do everything he can to get himself as close enough to 100 per cent as possible for the upcoming Championships at Wimbledon.

It has already been a season to remember for Nadal and, should he be able to keep on top of his injury, he looks set to be a serious contender for the final two Grand Slams and a potential clean sweep.


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