December 13, 2013
Agassi: Flu-victim Nadal can still win Australian Open
World number one Rafael Nadal has been laid low by flu this week but Andre Agassi is confident the illness will not scupper the Spaniard's chances of winning the Australian Open later this month.
Nadal could become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four grand slam titles at the same time should he triumph at Melbourne Park.
However, his illness has cast some doubt over whether he will be able to last the distance by playing seven matches in the unforgiving Australian heat.
"He (Rafa) came off dominating the year (2010) and he took a healthy break after the US Open, so he is going to be rested and confident," former world number one Agassi said at the Rise of Legends exhibition in Taiwan.
"(Roger) Federer also played fantastically at the end of the year. I think it's a close race between these two players but Nadal has a bigger chance now," added the player.
The 24-year-old Nadal silenced all his detractors, who had written him off in 2009 after he was dogged by tendinitis in both knees, by winning the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles within three months in 2010.