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'Toni doesn't have to ask me anything,' says Rafael Nadal following Felix Auger-Aliassime link-up

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Rafael Nadal says he is 'happy' to see uncle and former coach return to the ATP Tour as part of Felix Auger-Aliassime's team.

Toni Nadal coached and mentored Rafa for most of his career before taking a step back a few years ago.

He has been tempted back onto the Tour though by Canadian Auger-Aliassime, who he believes has all the attributes needed to be a future world number one.

“Toni has a lot of experience," Rafael Nadal told reporters at the Monte-Carlo Masters.

"He knows a lot about this sport. He has all the knowledge that somebody needs. I am sure that going to be an important help for Felix.”

Toni Nadal has said that he will not coach Auger-Aliassime on the day should he play against Rafael Nadal, but the 20-time Grand Slam champion insists that is not at his request.

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“First of all, he doesn’t have to ask me anything, no,” Rafa said. “He’s my uncle.

"I am very grateful for all the things that he did for me. I am happy that he’s on the tour, no?”

“At the same time, I am happy for Felix. I mean, is going to be a good support, have a great coach like Toni next to him.

"[I am] happy for me, too. I am happy to see my uncle here, see him here, spend time with him here on the tour again. That’s a positive thing.”

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