Rafael Nadal saw his great goal of the season, namely Roland Garros, fade before his eyes. The Spanish champion was hoping not only to win his 14th title in Paris, but also to overtake his eternal rival Roger Federer by lifting himself to 21 Majors.
The path of the former world number 1 was abruptly interrupted in the semifinals against Novak Djokovic, who rallied him and inflicted his third overall defeat in the French Grand Slam. The Iberian and the Serbian met 58 times in the major circuit, an all-time record in the Open Era, with Nole victorious on 30 occasions.
Following his departure from the French Open, the 35-year-old from Manacor announced that he will not take part in either Wimbledon or the Tokyo Olympics next month. The goal is to recharge the batteries and return to 100% for the start of the swing on American hard court.
Speaking on 'La S * xta', Uncle Toni admitted that his nephew Rafa could have avoided some defeats against Djokovic.
Uncle Toni on his coaching philosophy
"Against Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal failed more than he had to, so he has to take responsibility for this," Toni Nadal said.
Toni stressed that in the rare instances his nephew complained in the face of adversities, he reminded him of how privileged he was to be in such a position. "Sometimes the rival was Djokovic, sometimes Federer, other injuries, " explained Toni Nadal.
"I would tell him (when he complained): 'Rafael, God has given you the ability to hit the ball very well with your drive and has given you a foot or a knee a little weaker. Life has treated us much better than we expected and what we deserved, so what are we going to complain about?" Rafael Nadal's uncle admitted he often marveled at his nephew's ability to play through the pain barrier.
"Sometimes I wondered how this guy is playing with everything he has," uncle Toni said. “My idea was to prepare him for difficulty," Toni Nadal said. "I have never been a complacent coach with my nephew although he always believed things were going to be okay.
Rafael chose to go as high as possible and I always reminded him that it was going to cost him dearly." Wimbledon Championships is the third annual Grand Slam tournament in tennis that commences near the end of June in London.
And since it’s summer in the region at the time, the oldest tennis event has enjoyed a traditional history with the summer’s delight, strawberries.