Toni Nadal: 'Roger Federer is among the greatest athletes, Rafael Nadal would join..'

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Toni Nadal: 'Roger Federer is among the greatest athletes, Rafael Nadal would join..'

Toni Nadal is one of the most accomplished coaches in the history of tennis, leading his nephew Rafael towards 16 Major titles and making him one of the greatest players of all time. Toni was there to guide Rafa's first tennis steps, teaching him how to act on the court and how to always give his 100%, without breaking racquets as many other talented players can't afford them.

Under his uncle, Rafa became one of the hardest workers in the game, eager to always improve his game and add new elements to his already impressive arsenal. Between 2005 and Roland Garros 2017, Toni and Rafa have claimed numerous notables titles around the world and achieved records that will hardly be beaten, especially on clay.

After a couple of rough years between 2014-2016, Rafa couldn't compete against the leading players, struggling with injuries and deciding to make significant changes ahead of 2017, adding his long-time friend and a former world no.

1 Carlos Moya to his coaching staff. As was previously announced, Toni stepped down from the position of Rafa's coach for the first time in the spring of 2017, leading Rafa towards the tenth Roland Garros crown and making the best possible retirement after an incredible career.

Toni now leads Rafa Nadal Academy at home in Manacor, taking care of the young guns and professionals like Casper Ruud and Jaume Munar, staying close to tennis and sharing his knowledge with the upcoming generation. Answering some questions during these times of isolation, Toni revealed his list with the best athletes of all time, including Roger Federer and hoping to see his nephew there as well in the upcoming years if he adds more Majors to his already impressive tally.

Roger Federer leads the standings with 20 Majors, one more than Nadal who grabbed two trophies in 2019 before losing to Dominic Thiem in the quarter-final at the Australian Open back in January. "It is hard to say who are the greatest athletes of all time.

Some of them are Lionel Messi, Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, Roger Federer, Michael Jordan, and, I hope if he can win a little bit more, Rafael Nadal as well."