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Rafael Nadal insists uncle Toni presence will be 'zero problem' in Felix Auger-Aliassime match

Rafael Nadal looks on at Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal says his upcoming match against Felix Auger-Aliassime at the French Open is 'what he needs,' and insists he is not bothered about his Uncle Toni coaching the Canadian in the clash.

Nadal won 87% of the points on his first serve against Botic Van De Zandschlup on Friday to ease into the round of 16 with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win.

That sees him facing the prospect of playing Felix Auger-Aliassime, who is now coached by his uncle Toni.

”He's one of the players in better shape on Tour, without a doubt," Nadal said of Auger-Aliassime. "He’s a Top 10 player.

"It's a Round of 16 [match]. I know I have to play at a very high level to have chances to keep going. It’s going to be a good test. In some ways, that's what I need."

Toni Nadal was Rafa's coach for most of his career, adding an intriguing sub-plot to their match on Sunday.

Rafael Nadal, though, has attempted to defuse any sensationalism attached to it immediately.

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"I already talked with Toni after my match,” Nadal said.

"For me, it's very simple. He's my uncle. I don't think he will be able to want me to lose, without a doubt, but he's a professional and he's with another player.

"I don't know what's going to happen, if he's going to stay in the box or not, but I don't care. I have zero problem with that. It's not a story at all for me.

"I know the feelings that we have between each other. I know he wants the best for me. Now he's helping another player.

"But honestly, for me, it's zero problem, and I know he wants the best for me.”

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