Rafael Nadal: 'It gives you the opportunity to think'

Rafael Nadal’s start to the season left everyone speechless

by Simone Brugnoli
Rafael Nadal: 'It gives you the opportunity to think'

Toni Nadal - Rafael Nadal's uncle - congratulated Felix Auger-Aliassime for helping Canada win the first Davis Cup title in its history. After Denis Shapovalov gave Canada an early lead over Australia, Auger-Aliassime defeated Alex De Minaur in the next match to seal Canada's victory.

In Malaga, Auger-Aliassime was absolutely fantastic for Canada, winning 3-0 in their individual matches. Uncle Toni, who has been working with Auger-Aliassime for the last year and a half, congratulated Auger-Aliassime and said that it is a pleasure to work with him.

"Congratulations @felixaliassime on your contribution to Canada's first Davis Cup. And congratulations on an incredible year that saw you reach the ATP Nitto Finals in Turin last week. It is a pleasure to collaborate with you and your team," Toni Nadal wrote on Instagram.

Canada also had talented players in the past, but they never managed to win the Davis Cup. Auger-Aliassime, 22, and Shapovalov, 23, wanted to change that and this year they achieved their goal. "The emotions are hard to describe.

Denis and I grew up together, dreaming of these kinds of scenarios, dreaming of winning the Davis Cup. It's a great moment for me and for the country," said Auger-Aliassime. Pospisil, 32, has been playing in the Davis Cup for a decade and a half.

This year, his goal finally came true. "We've been dreaming about this for several years. To be here as world champions leaves me speechless. These guys are not kids anymore. They've been crushing it. You can't win this event without tremendous team chemistry, moving forward as a unit, and all these guys represent exactly that," Pospisil said.

Nadal won four titles in 2022

Rafael Nadal reckons the homogenization of surfaces has led to similar playing conditions, reducing diversity and leading to players with similar playing styles. However, he added that claycourts still provide players to 'think' and construct points.

Nadal said: "I would like to see tennis that offers more opportunities, more diverse styles of games. Today, because of the way it is played, the way the courts are made, the balls, most people play a very similar style because the the speed at which you play and the conditions give you very little room to put a different tactic into practice.

On the clay court there is a little more time, it gives you the opportunity to think." The former World No. 1 is coming off a group-stage exit at the ATP Finals in Turin last week.

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