In an interview with welovetennis.fr, Uncle Toni Nadal offered his thoughts (via translation) on a myriad of topics about his nephew and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal.
Toni said Rafa’s worst losses were the 2012 Australian Open final when Novak Djokovic beat him and the French Open in 2009 when Robin Soderling stunned the King of Clay.
On the French match with Soderling, Uncle Toni wasn’t pleased with how the crowd reacted with their whistling.
Toni also revealed that growing up, he didn’t stress physique to Rafa, rather he worked on the technical side to the sport. He now says while Rafa’s since added strength and fitness, he thinks Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Novak Djokovic and even David Ferrer are better physically than Rafa, but Rafa is stronger in the head.
On the ATP Finals, echoing Rafa’s words last year, Uncle Toni said again that it was unfair that the year-end event isn’t played on clay. And he added that Rafa also doesn’t have the luxury of playing multiple Slams on clay, like some players have with hardcourts.
Nadal plays today at the Rio Open against countryman Albert Montanes.
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