In an interview to Onda Cero Rafael Nadal's uncle Toni spoke about Roger Federer's five-set loss to Grigor Dimitrov in the US Open. "I thought that Federer would win first because of Federer's quality. Dimitrov did not have a very good year but he is good.
Federer is 38 years old and at some point, age will catch him. For him playing at Wimbledon, it's easier because points are shorter. For us, it's better that he lost but for tennis, it's a shame that the US Open crowd has not seen a match between Federer and Rafael yet."
On Tiger Woods attending the fourth round match between Nadal and Marin Cilic, Toni added: "I met him in 2014 or 2015. He was in the player's box. I am a fan of golf and Tiger is a reference point." Asked if Rafa could have played golf instead of tennis, Toni concluded: "I do not know.
Rafa is a very good competitor. He likes winning a lot. Tennis fits him more than golf. But in general, Rafael is able to face difficult moments and go through them." In an interview to SuperTennis TV Matteo Berrettini's coach Vincenzo Santopadre spoke about the 23-year-old Italian player's straight-set loss to Rafael Nadal in the US Open semifinals and of the tournament overall.
"It will be very difficult to forget", said Santopadre. "We do not have words to comment on the emotions and the rise made by Matteo over such a short time. Shame for that first set but he played a big match. I saw two Martians on the court.
I also liked him for how he stayed on-court in the third set. He can take a lot from this tournament. He faced all the difficulties with the right attitude."