In an interview to L'Equipe, Rafael Nadal's uncle Toni commented on his nephew's ability to come back at his highest level even after going through some painful injuries. The 58-year-old said: "I think Rafael has a very good head on his shoulders, because every time he’s had problems, he’s come back almost as if nothing had happened.
It’s happened very often during his long career, so it’s pretty anchored in him. When he doesn’t manage to come back from these forced absences, it would simply mean that it’s the end, but, for now, he comes back every time, and there’s nothing to indicate I should think differently.
So, unless something else happens, I tell myself that it will be the same this time again, and he’ll rediscover his best level. Could it happen that he could only play on clay for the final seasons of his career to save his body? No, I really don’t think so.
I think he’s totally committed to tennis and that’s why he won’t be content with playing where it’s best for him. He’ll play everywhere, right to the end." "Tennis has changed a bit in the last few years.
In France and Spain, historically, we practise and teach a form of tennis where it isn’t just about hitting the ball. There’s also an element of thought attached, an attempt to create, hit a ball here, a ball there.
It’s stayed more or less the same game on clay as before, but in general, the game is taking the route of ‘no-thought’. Roughly, it’s: “I hit it. If it goes out, too bad, and if it’s in, that’s better”. This absence of tactics, maybe it’s what America likes, but it’s not what I like."