Toni Nadal admitted that he never would have imagined that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer would achieve as much as they do. Nadal, 35, and Federer, 40, are tied with Novak Djokovic on the list of all-time Grand Slam records, as they each have 20 Grand Slams in his collection.
Nadal and Federer have been competing with each other for nearly two decades and will go down in history as two of the best players to ever play the sport. "I could never have imagined that they would achieve as much as they did," Toni said of Nadal and Federer, quoted in Tennis Majors.
“Federer, yes, we saw that he would be one of the best in history, because he does everything well. When I saw that Rafael at [23 or 24] had already [won all the] Grand Slam, I began to think that he could win a lot and that he could aspire to be one of the best."
Nadal, Federer recovering from injuries Nadal ended the season in August to focus on recovering from a foot injury, while Federer ended his season prematurely to undergo knee surgery. “I have the goal of improving and facing a process that is going to be difficult, painful at some point, but I have to do it to fight for what I want.
And I'm determined to do it,'' Nadal said recently.
Toni Nadal talks about Federer
In a recent podcast, Toni gave his take on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s comeback to the tour in 2022. According to him, it’ll be more challenging for Federer to continue playing for more years.
On the other hand, he believes Rafael Nadal still has 2-3 decent years left in his career. Toni Nadal discussed Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s future on 3Iguales podcast. Uncle Toni first talked about Federer’s circumstances.
He said,” I think it’s more difficult for [Roger] Federer [to continue playing at the top level] because he’s 40 years old and is coming off the back of several operations, which I don’t know if they went well”.
On his nephew, Toni Nadal said, “In the case of Rafael, I am confident that he has two or three good years left. I hope that he will be able to win one more Grand Slam. The reality is that every year it’s more difficult and every year the youngsters are getting closer [to the top]”.
Toni Nadal also highlighted an important point. He believes that the younger generation gets stronger each year, so it becomes difficult for players like Federer and Nadal to compete at the highest level.