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Rafael Nadal threatens to do a Serena.
The only current player to hold all four Grand Slams simultaneously is Serena Williams. The younger Williams completed her Serena Slam in January 2003, adding the Australian Open to the French, Wimbledon and US Open crowns she secured in 2002.
(The other Slam of note—in the past decade—is the Tiger Slam. Tiger Woods held all four Slams at the same time—the US Open (2000), the British Open (2000), the PGA championships (2000) and the Masters tournament (2001).)
Nadal, too, has a chance to create some history of his own (an understatement) and goes into the tournament as the experts’ favourite—ranked No.1.
If Nadal were to lose early, would the headlines scream "An Angel Falls From The Sky"?
Or will it be "Raf Times For Nadal"?
A fever and cold coming into the Australian Open means that though the mind is more than willing, the body might not be there.