Federer, Djokovic, Thiem won't make things easier to Rafael Nadal - Toni

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Federer, Djokovic, Thiem won't make things easier to Rafael Nadal - Toni

In an interview, Rafael Nadal's uncle Toni commented on his nephew's ability to go through injuries. The 58-year-old said: "Athletes do not always go through good times. In the world of the sports you switch from the excitement to the disappointment in a very quick way.

Sometimes it's physical issues, and like all the athletes, his opponents who are Federer, Djokovic, Zverev, Thiem and so on. They will make things tougher. So you have to celebrate this success and be proud and satisfied with it.

But he always gave himself a shot, sometimes it went well and sometimes it did not. He has some years left of good tennis. Everything will depend on his body answering well and that he keeps the excitement. Going through his limits has always been the key.

The situation was pretty different a month ago." On how Nadal's game evolved, Toni added: "There was a logical change. I always tell my children that doing things in the same way as yesterday is impossible. The normal thing is to improve and Rafael added and gained things.

Before, he did not go to the net. Now he goes and he hits better volleys, although he already did that in the past playing doubles. Now he does it more times. Now he is much better in opening angles on the backhand side."

Carlos Moya concluded: "A player who is 2005 and world No. 2 and keeps being in 2019 had to evolve. You add experience and knowledge. He keeps facing his limit and when you have such skills, you will definitely have success.

Playing more aggressive is not about hitting stronger. If you hit at 150km/h being five meters away from the baseline and at 10 being on the baseline, you are more aggressive with the second option. It's about taking time off from your opponent."