In a new interview with Efe promoting his new book “Todo se puede entrenar”, Rafael Nadal’s coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, says his nephew will not settle for less than best.
I don’t think that’s the reason for his inconsistent play at the moment. Rafael has the same desire to do things well. He’s never settled for less during all these years, and there would be no reason for him to do so now. Rafael is an athlete who likes to win and doesn’t like to lose. I don’t think he’s been settling for less.
Toni called Rafa’s recent confidence issues as temporary.
What had always been Rafael’s strength hasn’t been in recent tournaments. That mental strength that he had to overcome difficulties, it’s harder to come by right now. But we’re working to get it back. It’s a temporary issue, and as he plays matches and we’re lucky to win an important match (and then) several in a row, Rafael will recover the form he had before his (last year’s wrist) injury.
It’s not easy because in a given situation you can tell him not to get tense, but there’ll be a day when, even when that’s the case, he can keep playing. It has to come. It’ll come with work, with reflection, and a little luck.
And Uncle Toni says a 10th French Open title in two months would be a cure-all, and a sign that Rafa is truly back to form.
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