Wimbledon 2018: Old-style lawns would have snagged Rafael Nadal, says Rod Laver

By: Reuters |
Published: July 8, 2018 8:16:51 pm

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are on separate sides of the draw and could meet in the Wimbledon final. (Source: Reuters)

Australian great Rod Laver was as impressed as anyone while watching Rafael Nadal tear into the fourth round of Wimbledon on Saturday to stay on track for a third title.

Yet Laver, who many still feel is the best player ever to have graced the All England Club lawns having won four titles in the 60s either side of being outlawed, says the marauding Spaniard would have feared grasscourt tennis in his day.

Wimbledon is no longer a fortress for serve-and-volleyers like Laver or players who came later such as Americans John McEnroe and Pete Sampras, who dominated in the 1980s and 1990s.

Changes to the grass, the hardness of the courts and racket technology now mean you can win the title…

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