‘Bitter taste in the mouth’ – Toni Nadal laments Rafael’s ‘wasted’ season as he won two Grand Slams
Toni Nadal lamented the season endured by his nephew Rafael after what he described as a campaign “marred by continual inconvenience”.
The 36-year-old scored two memorable triumphs as he won both the Australian Open – against all odds – and his 14th French Open crown.
Nadal has also moved up to second in the ATP world rankings, but Toni still thinks the season has been frustrating in many ways, with injuries having derailed his other opportunities at Wimbledon and the US Open.
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The question of a potentially imminent retirement has lingered for much of the year for Nadal, particularly when he’s been sidelined with ongoing issues, and Toni says his nephew will continue as long as he can. fight for major titles.
“When he sees he has no options, if he goes to a tournament and he has no chance of winning, I don’t think he will play. In the end, he won too much to go to bed badly.
“How long does Rafa have left? I don’t know, it will clearly depend on his opponents, on his body.
“Rafael plays for him, he doesn’t wonder if Carlos Alcaraz, David Ferrer or even Djokovic is there.”
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From Toni’s perspective, it was a great year, but it could have been ‘an amazing season’ if Rafael hadn’t seen the latter part of it marred by physical issues.
“It could have been an amazing season, but it was marred by the continuous inconvenience he suffered,” he said.
“The results went well because he won Australia and Roland-Garros, but you leave with a bitter taste in your mouth.
“At Wimbledon he couldn’t play a semi-final when he was playing well and was a clear title contender; there were also problems in New York.
“What an athlete wants above all is to be well and to play, and also to win.”
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