In an interview, Rafael Nadal's uncle Toni commented on Spanish player's loss to Roger Federer in Wimbledon. The 58-year-old said: "Federer played better than Rafael at a high level, he did not hesitate from the baseline and he was the right winner.
Rafael did not play as well as in the previous days. Against Sam Querrey, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nick Kyrgios he played very well but they are not Federer. He had to return closer to the baseline especially on the deuce side.
Rafa had some chances in the first set and fourth set too to break back. Some points make a difference. I felt that especially when Federer broke in the third set, he was better than Rafael. We accept it, we have been around for many years, you always have a winner and a loser, in this case, it was Rafael.
In Rome and Roland Garros he won, after that things didn't go well so we take the positives. Hopefully, he plays a good American hard-court swing and US Open." On Federer's, Djokovic's and Nadal's dominance, Toni added: "They have won 54 Grand Slam titles combined they have been there for many years, fighting in their sport until the end, like Rafael did today.
That's the greatness of tennis." Federer said: "It lived up to the hype, especially from coming out of the gates, we were both playing very well. Then the climax at the end with the crazy last game, some tough rallies there.
It had everything in the end, which was great. I'm just relieved it's all over at this point. But it's definitely going to go down as one of my favourite matches to look back at because it's Rafa, it's at Wimbledon."