Toni Nadal: ‘Rafa was favourite in Grand Slam race – now things have changed’

Rafael Nadal was the favourite to win the Grand Slam race, but his uncle says things have ‘now changed a bit.’

Nadal could have taken the outright record for most majors from Roger Federer had he won Roland Garros earlier this month, where he is always the favourite.

However, he lost out to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, with the Serbian going on to win the title and close to within one Slam of Nadal and Federer.

Rafael Nadal subsequently pulled out of Wimbledon, meaning he is powerless to stop Djokovic from joining him and Federer on 20 majors, and Toni Nadal who coached Rafa for most of his career, believes that has caused a real shift in the Grand Slam race.

“The truth is that before Roland Garros I saw Rafael [as the favourite to win most Slams],” Toni Nadal told Marca. “Now the subject has changed a bit.

“I wrote that the next Wimbledon and US Open are going to define things a bit because I understand that each year it will be more difficult to win.

“[Stefanos] Tsitsipas was already on the verge of beating Djokovic in Paris, [Daniil] Medvedev and [Alexander] Zverev are already there, [Jannik] Sinner, [Lorenzo] Musetti are coming.”

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