In an interview to Onda Cero Rafael Nadal's uncle Toni commented on his nephew's longevity. The 58-year-old said: "Any athlete has doubts, and you know that you have to face the best guys in order to win the best titles.
But Rafael has been there for many years and despite his doubts, the level has been pretty good. Things worked over the last 15 years and there are no reasons to change. When he won his maiden French Open (in 2005), I have never thought he would have such a career, 12 triumphs in Paris.
What he, Federer and Djokovic did in the same era is difficult to repeat. And even more in the same era." Asked if Rafael will break Roger Federer's 20 Grand Slam titles record, Toni replied: "I think so, he is relatively close.
If you now ask who is the favorite for the 2020 French Open, I would tell Rafael. And now he is one of the three favorites heading into the US Open. Then it's never easy." On the Academy, Toni added: "I think Rafael is very happy for how things go.
The Academy is a reference point at a world level. It could host a Davis Cup match and an even bigger event, with the Davis Cup it's impossible because of the new format but with the Fed Cup, yes." What could Rafael do once he ends his career? "I do not speak about it with me but I imagine he has different things to do. I hope he has a few more years left in tennis."