Toni Nadal has hit back at critics of Rafael Nadal during an extensive interview with Spanish website La Voz de Galicia. Nadal, who is known better as ’uncle Toni’ has worked with the 9-time French Open champion throughout his entire career.
This year has been problematic for Nadal, who slipped down to 10th in the world, his lowest ranking since April 2005. More recently, however the Spaniard claimed his 67th ATP title (third this season) at the Hamburg Open when he beat Fabio Fognini.
Reflecting back on his nephew's recent success in Germany, uncle Toni was happy with the form displayed by Nadal, but was aware of one issue which is still hindering the former world No.1 season. “The game was more or less well, he performed the entire week at a good level.
Rafael’s problem is not so much his game, but his consistency”. He said.
“His game is not far from a high level. In the Hamburg semis, it was at a very good level”. He added. Discussing the lack of consistency in the 29-year-old’s game, Uncle Toni cited other sport stars who have experienced similar issues such as Tiger Woods, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
He told the website that when somebody has an issue, its affects their consistency. In which he described as ‘normal’, uncle Toni didn't specify what these issues are and how they are going to be solved. Some critics, including John McEnroe, have called for Nadal to seek help beyond Uncle Toni following his second round exit at Wimbledon.
Responding to these calls, the 54-year-old brushed them aside, saying he ‘does not pay attention to what those say’. He then added that McEnroe’s comments ‘might be right’. Looking ahead to the US hardcourt season.
The optimistic uncle Toni believes that the troublesome 2015 could be turned into a ‘great year’ if Nadal wins the US Open. Nadal will kick off his US hardcourt swing at the upcoming Rogers Cup in Canada, where he is the 7th seed.
After his first round bye, he will play either Filip Peliwo or Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second. At-a-glance: Rafael Nadal’s rollercoaster 2015 3 ATP titles (Buenos Aires, Stuttgart and Hamburg)
Grand Slam - Australian Open QF, French Open QF, Wimbledon R2
0-4 Against the top five this year (twice to Novak Djokovic, once to Andy Murray and once to Stan Wawrinka)
39-12 2015 head-to-head (76% winning rate).
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