The Canadian tennis player Felix Auger-Aliassime, in an interview he gave to the Eurosport television broadcaster, talked about various aspects related to his tennis, especially what his coach Toni Nadal has been transmitting to him since they started the collaboration together.
"Last year I didn't have the most incredible season on clay in terms of results," Auger-Aliassime debuted. "So, this year, it's just an opportunity for me to try to do things better, try to improve on this surface, try to win more games.
So this is what I am trying to do. All this starts with training, it starts in the work I put in every day and Toni helps me a lot in this, with his inputs and you know, let's talk about the games, let's talk about my game and how I should approach matches and competitions.
So, it was a great help." About the work he is doing with Rafael Nadal's uncle: “Of course, we've been together for over a year where we've worked, so yeah, things are going well. We have good and bad weeks, but in the end, the work is great and we are moving in the right direction”.
The question is inevitable if there is an affinity with the workouts that Toni did to his nephew Rafa when he was training him: "I'm not Rafael, we have different qualities, it is difficult to replicate what Rafael has done in his career on clay.
Rubin comments on Nadal
Chanda Rubin has revealed she was happy to see Rafael Nadal "healthy" ahead of the claycourt swing. "It is (nice) and this was kind of the concern, what we saw, the stress fracture in his rib in Indian Wells, playing such great tennis, has had such a good start to the year," Rubin said.
"But, there was time before Roland Garros, I think that's where Nadal always looks to build. But it's just been so nice to see Nadal playing at this level, getting back healthy before the clay-court swing, this is where he is a real factor."
Nadal withdrew from the Monte-Carlo Masters as well as the Barcelona Open, which he won last year by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. With Nadal returning to training, there is every chance we could see him compete at the Madrid Open and the Italian Open in May.
Although Nadal congratulated his fellow countryman for his amazing week at Monte Carlo, it was probably heart-breaking for Nadal not to participate in one of the most successful tournaments of his storied career. The 21-time Grand Slam champion is an 11-time Monte Carlo champion, which is still a record.