In a column for El Pais Rafael Nadal's uncle and former coach, Toni, deeply analyzed the 2018 season, admitting that the veteran guys dominated in most of the big tournaments. 'Once again, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal split the four Grand Slams of the year and many of the best tournaments in the calendar', Toni wrote.
'For these wins and, obviously, for the great quality of his game, you feel even more as a tennis fan that their retirement, when it will come, will leave an empty room to fill. The 2018 started with Federer's win in Australia and continued with a great clay-court season by Rafael, that ended with his 11th French Open title.
Both my nephew's game level and the points earned until that moment made you think that he would achieve the year-end number one ranking but, one more time, injuries did not force him to complete the season and keep the first position.
At the end of the day, 2018 will be remembered as a Djokovic's recovery and his comeback at this level to which we had get used a few years ago. The readers who have a good memory will remember my less doubts on it. I always knew that his comeback would depend only by his wish to do it.
He had an amazing second part of the year with wins in Wimbledon, Cincinnati, New York and Shanghai. And he finally earned the highest ranking place', concluded Toni, who works at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title