Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Are Nadal and Federer poised to dominate the majors in 2017?
Before winning “La Decima” on Sunday against Stan Wawrinka in Paris, Rafael Nadal hadn’t won a Grand Slam tournament since capturing the French Open in 2014.
Nadal’s 10th Roland Garros title — via a 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 beatdown of Wawrinka — gave him his 15th Grand Slam crown, moving him one ahead of Pete Sampras (14) for second place all-time. The Spaniard also became the only person in the Open Era (which began in 1968) to win a major 10 times, passing Martina Navratilova, who used her serve-and-volley expertise to win nine Wimbledons.
Roger Federer, the man who leads the all-time men’s major title list, hadn’t won a Grand Slam event in five years until he took out Nadal in five sets at the Australian Open in January to win his 18th major title.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.