Rafael Nadal's uncle Toni spoke about the work ethics that made the Spanish player get to the top of tennis. The 58-year-old Manacor native said: "Rafael finds the motivation in his fighting spirit, it's not much about winning.
Sometimes he has a little drop when the pain is too much but he is almost always motivated. He learned playing with the difficulty, always looking for the personal satisfaction above the wins. The main goal for us during many years was to work to improve because it's the only thing that really depends on us.
The final talent is the combination between initial work and the talent. The less talent you have, the more work you have to make." Toni also gave a suggestion: "Roger Federer is older, he is 38 years old and has four sons, what he has to do is to spend more with his family and not play and that he would tell that to Novak Djokovic, who has two children and his family.
Rafael would thank them if they do it." Asked how to beat Djokovic, Toni concluded: "It would be complicated because he is a guy who is always looking for solutions. I would tell him to play like Federer who does everything very quickly even if playing that way is very difficult."
Nadal will play his first match at the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday, 11th November. The Spaniard is in the same group as Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev.