"I have not spoken with him about a possible retirement. There is speculation but at the moment he has no intention of retiring," announced in an interview with Efe Toni Nadal, uncle and former coach of the Spanish champion, who has certainly not started his 2023 season.
better way. The current coach of Félix Auger-Aliassime was invited and held an educational meeting with students from the Attendis schools in Fuengirola (in the province of Málaga), taking advantage of the opportunity to also talk about tennis.
Uncle Toni said in his talk with the Spanish press agency: "Another thing to highlight and take into account is what the doctors say, now he is in more pain than would be expected. But for the Mallorcan the moment is still good and I am convinced that if he is fit, he will continue", he explained.
The fight for the GOAT and the greatest number of Grand Slam titles reopened again after the Australian Open, with the well-deserved and clear victory that the new world number one, Novak Djokovic, took home. The two are now tied at 22, and the next challenge to get back on top alone will be in France.
Toni Nadal commented about it: "Beating the Serbian is really difficult, because Nole is fresher than him. I hope Rafa has a chance at Roland Garros (his tournament). Then we will see what happens after the Paris Open. In the end it's a tough fight against a great champion like Djokovic," he added.
"At this point, it's no longer a question of winning this or another tournament, but of continuing to fight and resisting. What's left for him is to continue doing what he likes, to what he has become accustomed to since he was little.
He will also have to try to take advantage of all the opportunities and win titles that come your way."
Thiem praises Nole Djokovic
The Big 3 of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have divided tennis fans over who deserves the GOAT title.
"I am not very surprised, Djokovic still looks young. Physically and mentally, because of the way he moves on the court. It's like he was 25 years old. We have to be honest, he is the best, so his victory was not very surprising," Thiem said.
"At the time, in the final of the  Australian Open, I reached my highest level of abilities, both physically and tennis-wise. Even so, I lost in five sets to Novak. I practically couldn't play better and still lost. That says everything," Thiem said.