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Written by Javed Iqbal

Serena Williams backs Rafa Nadal to reach her number of 23 Grand Slam singles titles at Wimbledon this year. The Spanish superstar is on his way to a calendar Grand Slam after winning the Australian and French Open.

And Nadal also extended his male record of 22 Major titles in Paris to snatch two free by Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. The champion in 2008 and 2010 is No. 2 seeded here in the absence of the excluded Daniil Medvedev and the injured Alex Zverev.

Asked about the world’s No. 4 performance this season, Williams said: “Yes, he has done a lot in 2022! He has been busy.

“I have always been a Rafa fan. I named my dog ​​after him. He is so sweet. I miss the little guy. So it’s clear I’m always messing with Rafa. Yes, he has been really inspiring in everything he has done this year. And he has a lot more to do. “

Williams will seek a 24th Grand Slam title to reach the Margaret Court record level. The American, now 40, won his 23rd place at the 2017 Australian Open and has lost four finals as a mother.

She limped out of the first round at Wimbledon last year and has not played a singles match since – and admitted she did not want the injury to be her last memory of the All England Club.

“Yeah, that was a lot of motivation, to be honest,” Williams admitted. “It was always something that was in my mind since the match ended. So it was a huge motivation for it. You never want any match to end like that.

“It’s really unfortunate. But it was definitely something that has always been high in my mind.” She meets France’s world number 113 Harmony Tan in the first round.

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