Roland Garros is increasingly difficult for Rafael Nadal to win each year says his uncle and former coach Toni Nadal as he targets a 14th title.
Toni very famously coached Rafael Nadal from an early age through to some of the biggest wins of his career and now runs the Nadal Academy in Manacor, Mallorca.
Although no longer a part of Rafa’s team, Toni now coaches young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, but he is still very close to his nephew and often shares insight into the Spaniard’s game.
This year Nadal is going for not only his 14th Roland Garros title, but his 21st Grand Slam Championship, which would make him the most successful Grand Slam male player of the Open Era.
Fellow ‘Big Three’ player Roger Federer is also going for his 21st Grand Slam, while Novak Djokovic is hoping to go one behind them with a 19th title and also has a chance of becoming the only man to win each Slam multiple times.
Asked how Nadal, Federer and Djokovic continue to go for the big records, Toni said the competition between them helps to push them.
“I think there are two main reasons why they are still so good,” Toni Nadal told Marca of the big three. “On the one hand, they all want to end their career with the Grand Slam record.
“Also, they can still win practically any tournament. If that wasn’t the case, they wouldn’t play anymore.
“I can’t imagine Roger Federer continuing if he can’t compete for the big titles anymore. ”
Toni admits, however, that each year its gets more difficult for his nephew to claim victory.
“For Rafael is it increasingly difficult to win the tournament every year but recently played three really good matches in Rome, that will give you a lot of confidence. No, excuse me, it’s in your own hands (smiles) “.
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