Toni Nadal reveals conversation with Rafael during Djokovic-Federer final


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Toni Nadal reveals conversation with Rafael during Djokovic-Federer final

In an interview to RTVE, Rafael Nadal' uncle Toni commented on Novak Djokovic's win over Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final. Toni said: "The final was one of the greatest matches in history, it had all the things although I remember better matches like in the US Open and, especially, the 2011 French Open semifinal."

On his nephew, Toni showed to be confident: "I think he has some time left at the highest level as long as he keeps being excited. It has been years that they say he has a short career and, luckily, they were wrong. He was able to listen and be driven by others.

This is the meaning of smartness. The level was always very high, even too high sometimes. I watched the final with him and I told him to look at where Djokovic was returning. He was much closer to the baseline than he did in the semifinals.

He admitted I was right and he was wrong in returning all the time from very behind. I asked him why he did not change his return position as both Francis Roig and I were telling him that during the match. He told me he had not seen it, he did not understand us and if he did he would have definitely done it."

On the Big Three dominance, he concluded: "There is a very clear statistic. Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, who were great champions, won 26 Grand Slams combined. Rafa, Roger and Novak have 54, which means more than the double.

Many peopletells me that they have improved, but each one could have won many more Majors if some of them were not there. Anyways, they were lucky that the following generation is unable to replace them."