Toni Nadal believes ‘many factors favour Novak Djokovic’ in the French Open final on Sunday, but says he ‘trusts’ his nephew.
Rafael Nadal can draw level with Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles if he wins the final at Roland Garros on Sunday.
If he is to do that, though, he is going to have to do something that no one else has managed to do in 2020 – beat Novak Djokovic.
The Serbian star has a perfect record in the year when you discount his unfortunate disqualification at the US Open, and he is chasing his own piece of history too.
Should he win the match – and he will have to do what no one has EVER managed to do against Rafael Nadal and beat him in a French Open final – he will become the only man to ever win every Grand Slam twice.
Toni Nadal, who coached Rafa earlier in his career, believes his nephew faces a ‘complicated’ afternoon.
“It is a final that is going to be complicated [for Nadal] because there are a lot of factors in favour of Novak Djokovic,” Toni told Eurosport France.
“I’m nervous? For the moment, no. I trust my nephew.
“Where will I watch the game? I will see it all alone. I prefer to be quiet for this kind of meeting.
“[Rafa] knows he has to raise his level. And when he had to raise it, he always succeeded.
“This Sunday he will have to play his best tennis.”
Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic has told the Serbian press that he thinks Rafael Nadal has ‘no chance,’ and that doesn’t seem to have gone down too well with Toni.
“I was surprised that he said that,” he said. “In his place I would not have said that.”
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