Monday, June 27

Rafael Nadal Inching Toward Record Slam at Australian Open, But a New Rival Looms

We are nearing the men’s and women’s semifinals at the 2022 Australian Open, but Wednesday is Mailbag Day. Before I dive in, a few programming notes:

• The television proposition was problematic (see more below), but from here on out, ESPN should have the matches as before.

• Tennis Channel’s pregame show with Martina Navratilova, Lindsay Davenport, Steve Weissman and a hack writer starts at 5 pm ET.

It’s Nadal’s Aussie Open to lose, Jon. Have you seen his drawing? [Alexander] Zverev losing made it a cakewalk draw to the end! Amazed he wasn’t everybody’s favorite the way he’s playing now. Four-time losing finalist in addition to his sole 2009 title but playing the best of anybody left in the draw. And with all due respect to [Daniil] Medvedev, in a one-off final, I fancy Nadal over him every day of the week, on any surface. thoughts?
-James W.

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