Toni Nadal: 'Rafael will equal Roger Federer's 19 Major titles'

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Toni Nadal: 'Rafael will equal Roger Federer's 19 Major titles'

Toni Nadal cannot be anything but happy for his nephew Rafael's 16th Grand Slam triumph after the final won over Kevin Anderson in straight sets. 'It was more or less a comfortable match, without much pressure. It only got complicated at the end due to nerves while trying to win the match, but the result was clear.

This is unbelievable, to win here for the third time. It’s unbelievable because since 2014, he has had problems with his body and so his mind. To win again is very, very special. It's my last season with Rafael and there isn't any better way to end it like this.' Roger Federer has now three Grand Slam titles more than Nadal.

Can the Mallorcan equal him? 'We will get there. I think it will happen. It's difficult, but there is some more Roland Garros and I am confident other titles will come.' 'When he was 12, 13 or 14, you never think he will get to this level', added Toni.

'I am very happy to see my nephew lift so many trophies, knowing that he has achieved another piece of history. He has won a hard-court tournament for the first time since 2014. We are very happy that he has won another Grand Slam, his 16th, and is in a position to fight for No.

1. It was unimaginable that would happen, of course. But I had faith that Rafael would win one more Grand Slam, I tell you truthfully.'

Nadal has 1,960 points more than Federer in the ATP Rankings. Rafael will be forced to defend only 100 points until the end of the season, Federer zero 'He has a lead of almost 2,000 points', said Toni.

'We will see what happens at the end of the year, though, with tournaments that usually favour Federer. At indoor hard-court tournaments, like Basel, Paris or the Nitto ATP Finals, Federer has the advantage. But I think that Rafael's level is high enough to do well in those events.'

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