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'This will not be Rafael Nadal's last Roland Garros,' predicts Uncle Toni

Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros

Toni Nadal does not believe this season will be the last Roland Garros for nephew Rafael Nadal, despite the 13-time champion saying it could be.

Rafael Nadal is fighting a chronic foot condition, the same one that saw him miss a large chunk of last season - including Wimbledon and the US Open.

The injury does not appear to be bothering Nadal for the most part, particularly when he won the Australian Open earlier this year.

At other times, though, he is visibly struggling with it. He limped out of the Rome Masters last month after a defeat by Denis Shapovalov in obvious pain.

Following Nadal's win over Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinal of the French Open on Tuesday, he reiterated claims that he fears this will be his last year playing at his beloved Roland Garros.

His uncle and former coach Toni does not agree, though, and he expects to see the 21-time Grand Slam winner back again for at least another edition.

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"It is more logical that it was played during the day but I am confident that this will not be his last Roland Garros," Toni Nadal told Spanish Radio station Onda Cero.

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"I hope so but I don't know. I haven't talked about it more than necessary with him. I hope he controls his problems and continues playing for some more time.

"When you are in these tournaments, you go to the limit and Rafa is going to do it again. Every year it is more difficult but I think there is time to recover.

"When you have more pain than you should, it tires you out. Rafael competes because he thinks he has a chance of victory, but with pain the options are reduced and you can't make an effort like this every year."

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