In an interview, Toni Nadal was asked if having a low start to the clay-court season helped Rafael”>to be more motivated in Rome and the French Open. Toni believes that winning in Monte Carlo, Barcelona or Madrid would have helped his nephew even more.
“Winning is always better. You need wins to be confident. The win in Rome was a crucial one, getting to his best level and beating high-level players like Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic. Sometimes a loss is good but I’d rather win.
In the end, we only speak of three matches in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid”, said Toni, who doesn’t take the 12th French Open title won in June as something granted: “Winning any title is difficult. Being the best in anything is difficult in life.
He appreciates the win as if it was the last or first one. When you stop appreciating what you do, you easily fall..” “I speak to him playing golf, but in the professional topics, I do not say anything. Now he has two coaches.
I was his coach but I am not anymore. I run the Academy and I also give some speeches, but my work is especially to organize and run the Academy.” Toni believes he is not the main reason why his nephew Rafael has got so much success over the years.
The 58-year-old Mallorcan said: “It’s very easy to do what I did and it’s very difficult to do what he did. He has all the credit”, concluded Toni who stopped coaching his nephew in 2017.