Rafael Nadal claims 2011 grand slam will be “impossible”

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Rafael Nadal completed a career Grand Slam when he captured the US Open trophy in August, but the Spaniard believes his chances of winning all four Grand Slam tournaments next year are slim.

Nadal is 12/1 to win all four Grand Slam tournaments next year and with Roger Federer losing his unbeatable aura this season, many are tipping Nadal for a clean sweep, but the world number one believes the feat is impossible.

“I hope to have the chances to win four [major] titles next year,” said Nadal, “[But] for me, that is impossible.

“I will try to keep playing well, but the Grand Slam is not the case, that’s for sure impossible, I think.”

Ladbrokes have opened a tennis specials betting odds market, which offers punters the chance to back the number of Grand Slam wins by either Nadal or Federer.

At 15/8, Nadal is favoured to pick up two wins next year with the French Open and Wimbledon the most likely tournaments he will win.

Federer is 1/1 to pick up no Grand Slam tournament wins next year which suggests the market believes that the Australian Open and US Open betting markets are open to the field.

Nadal was asked ahead of his attempt to win the Shanghai Masters what it is that the Spaniard attributes to his incredible season and Nadal replied, “I was able to be almost all the time at my hundred per cent.”

If Nadal is to continue at 100 per cent next season, then the men’s titles are his for the taking and 12/1 seems a big price for the Spaniard to win all four major tournaments.

Nadal opens his Shanghai Masters tournament in the second round against Stanisals Wawrinka on Wednesday morning, and is 1/7 to beat Wawrinka.

Last year’s winner Nikolay Davydenko is 1/5 to beat Mischa Zverev. See the full Shanghai Masters tennis betting odds market here.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.