In an interview to Diario Vasco, Rafael Nadal's uncle, Toni, commented on the 2018 season that his nephew competed in. The world No. 2 won his 17th Grand Slam title at the French Open, plus four more titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome and Toronto, and also lost to Novak Djokovic in a five-set Wimbledon semifinal.
'The year was very good, with the hole of injuries that made him retire from two Grand Slams (Australian Open and US Open)', said Toni. 'I think that the year could have been amazing if he was luckier.
He could have won Wimbledon one more time... In Australia, he was doing well as well until the injury and in New York he was close. The injuries influenced the season a little bit, but if we speak about tennis, the season was very good.' Asked if he feels Rafael's life changed since when they split, Toni replied: 'We speak each other much less.
Now he works with another coach and he keeps doing well.' This year Nadal faced del Potro in three Slams: French Open semifinals, Wimbledon quarters, US Open semis. Speaking on del Potro, Nadal recently said: 'He's a great player on grass.
Well, he's a great player everywhere. But the challenge of playing him on hard of course is even higher for me personally than playing against him on clay, like happened in Roland Garros. Even like this, I had a very lucky first set.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title