'I would never have let Rafael Nadal...', says top coach
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 12440
Novak Djokovic was the most anticipated man and he lived up to the hype. His victory at the 2023 Australian Open, even a few hours later, is still in the spotlight and many are talking about his triumph. Toni Nadal, uncle and former coach of his eternal rival Rafael Nadal, gave an interview to Vanity Fair microphones and spoke about many topics, giving interesting words: "Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros 2023? You never know how things will go.
It must be remembered that Rafa has been on the circuit since he was 16 years old and that in the long run pays off. There are many who fail after years of high intensity and it is easy to fail overnight. For this year I think Rafa can still win Roland Garros, then we'll see.
A tough workout? I know what it's like to want to achieve something at all costs and if you have big goals you don't have many options. We live in a very competitive world and if you don't train hard it's hard for you to do well." The Spanish coach continued: "Djokovic had a big problem, he burst onto the circuit during the Federer-Nadal rivalry and people were crazy about Fedal.
He never loved him as much as the other two and also his behavior on the track sometimes didn't help. However, I think he is the favorite to end his career as the most successful in history, he plays at a very high level and has no physical problems."
Rafa crashed out of the 2023 Australian Open in the second round
Rafael Nadal's uncle and former coach Toni Nadal recently weighed in on his nephew's upbringing and what made him extremely likable as a trainee.
"Rafael was always a very docile boy," Toni said. "He was uncomplicated and obedient, someone you could say things to without question. He wasn't trying to embarrass you like other kids who have a harder time obeying do. You said something to him, and you saw that he immediately had the predisposition to do it.
That is something that a coach or teacher appreciates a lot," he added. "It is due to the education that his parents instilled in him and, obviously, to his way of doing things. I, for example, would never have let him intentionally break a racquet, because that is my way of understanding the world.
But the fact that he didn't throw it away is a matter of the education that his parents gave him."