In the absence of veterans Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal now has the opportunity to overtake them by clinching the Australian Open trophy. All three already have 20 Grand Slam titles each. Spanish star Nadal is set to begin his campaign against Marcos Giron of the US on Monday. Nadal has championed Melbourne only once in 2009.
According to media reports, if he wins the title this time, he will become the second player to win all grand slams two or more times in the Open era while the fourth overall. Djokovic also achieved the feat by winning the French Open trophy last year. With which Australia's Roy Ermson and Laud Levar have managed to achieve this milestone.
Let us tell you that both of them have done this before the Open Era (1968). Alexander Zverev is set to take on Daniel Altmyer for his first match. World No.2 Daniil Medvedev of Russia will be seen playing against Henry Laksonen on Tuesday.