'Rafael Nadal has 2 or 3 good years left', says top coach

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'Rafael Nadal has 2 or 3 good years left', says top coach

Rafael Nadal was a player to beat in 2019, clinching four titles, between Majors and Masters 1000s, and lifting the Davis Cup final trophy with his teammates in Madrid. Nadal reached the semifinals only twice that year, and he did enough to clinch No.

1 at the end of the year. for the fifth time at age 33. Things were not looking bright for Rafa in the first four months, recovering from an injury that forced him to skip the final stages of 2018 with a knee injury and fighting to win the title.

Before three straight semi-final losses on his beloved clay, the Spaniard experienced his most brutal defeat in the Major final in Melbourne, losing to Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and four minutes. Nadal did not drop a set before the title match, suffered just two breaks in six meetings and looked good to win the Australian Open ten years after doing so for the first time.

Still, Novak was no ordinary rival, and Rafa's improvements weren't enough to topple the Serb or put up a proper fight. Nadal's latest win over Djokovic on hard court came at the 2013 US Open, and the Spaniard couldn't change that in this one, falling in 13 of his last 16 games against the powerful opponent and settling for second place.

Uncle Toni speaks about Nadal

Each interview given by Toni Nadal is an inexhaustible catalog of interesting confessions and words that invite deep reflection on Rafael Nadal's career and everything that has surrounded it.

The uncle of the Balearic Islands went through the Tres Iguales podcast, where he addressed matters of enormous interest and left very notable statements on how to tactically face battles against Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, the future that awaits tennis and the evolution and beginnings of his nephew, as well as the scenario that is drawn in a short-term future taking into account the injury that has prevented him from competing in the second half of 2021.

"This sport has become a game of speed, not strategy. In a short time, everything has accelerated a lot since in the first years of Rafa's career you found players who allowed to play, who fought every ball and thought Now the way to seek victory is to hit hard before the opponent.

I feel that now everything is well studied, but in the end what it all consists of is playing well. Having a high percentage of firsts, playing with good speed. I think that right now young people are less willing to think because they focus on hitting hard and they have coaches around them who are in charge of strategy," said the Spanish coach.

"The truth is that when Rafa emerged, you could see that Roger was going to be one of the best in history. As soon as we saw Novak, we realized that he was special. As for Rafa, it was when he completed the Grand Slam, with 24 years, when I knew that he would fight to be the best in history.

His progression has always been highly conditioned by the congenital foot injury, which he now suffers, for that reason everything he has achieved has a lot of merit. In any case, he He is encouraged and I think he will get over this once again.

I am optimistic and my feeling is that 2022 may be a good season for him and that he has 2 or 3 good years left, but as time progresses, everything is more complicated" - Uncle Toni concluded.