Toni Nadal spoke about Rafael's skills in doubles. The 19-time Grand Slam winner paired up with Marcel Granollers in Davis Cup to defeat Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic. "He was playing it since he was a kid. For his qualities, he always did well: he reads the rallies, has a great anticipation and he is very quick at the net, and hurts a lot with his shot from the baseline and hitting a proper volley against him is difficult", said Toni.
"There are also two key aspects: the serve, because in doubles speed is not as important as the percentages and he does very well, and also that Rafa is a great player. With his passing shots he can win many points."
Nadal's coach Francis Roig added: "If he could have played it more, he would have been very successful. He would also have won Grand Slams. He reacts very quickly, he is very smart and a big court coverage thank to his footwork.
But he is not consistent and he is not used to play it." Nadal spoke about how it felt to play doubles in Davis Cup with Marcel Granollers: "Marcel and I played all the junior competitions together. He dominates the doubles and he plays many weeks a year, so that for someone like me, it helps having someone who closes points and has a good eye from a tactical point of view.
In doubles things happen very quick, and if you are not used to play it... We have a great team and I do not have necessarily to play. There are different options and for that there is Sergi. I will try to do everything as possible to help the team."