“Now the Subject Has Changed”: Tony Nadal Favors Novak Djokovic Over Federer and Nadal in Grand Slam Race

An enthralling battle at the Roland Garros Semi-Finals; had the world on the edge of its seats. Serbian International, Novak Djokovic went head to head with Rafael Nadal, in what was surely, a game to be remembered. With the Spaniard taking the lead early on in the game, his progression to the final was deemed confirmed. However, a Djokovic Masterclass not only surprised his haters but also left Nadal Fans unimpressed, in doubt.

Below-par performance

Rafael’s Ex-coach, Toni Nadal, expressed his disappointment following the defeat. “I didn’t find it at a particularly high level. When you look at the last set, yes. It is true that he won very good points, but Rafael failed more than usual”, said Toni. The Spanish coach, who also happens to be Nadal’s Uncle, continues to be critical of his pupils’ performance. Often hailed as one of the best, he is well credited for his nephew’s success.

Rafael Nadal battling it out at the French Open 2021
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his semi final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Regardless of the relationship they share, Toni now fails to see Nadal winning a career record Grand Slam Titles but favors his counterpart to do so. “The truth is that before Roland Garros I saw Rafael, now the subject has changed a little”, said Toni.

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Tough but possible

Djokovic put on a show against Nadal with an epic fightback after losing the first set. The World No.1 simply failed to back down and took the fight to the Spanish giant, beating him on the double. This caught the attention of Toni Nadal who backs the Serbian to win it all this year. “It’s tough but possible djokovic will win the big four this year”, said Toni, following the victory.

Novak Djokovic wins Semi-final against Rafael Nadal at French Open
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his semi final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Regardless, the former Nadal Coach believes the road ahead is tough, even for someone with the likes of Novak Djokovic. Toni said, “I wrote that the next Wimbledon and US Open are going to define things a little bit because I understand that every year it’s going to be harder to win. Tsitsipas already came close to beating Djokovic in Paris; Medvedev and Zverev are already there, sinner, Musetti…”

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Big four next?

Novak Djokovic has the world at his feet after an incredible performance in the final to claim his second Roland Garros title. The 34-year-old, once again came from behind to win the game, proving his resilience and never-die attitude. The Serbian has raised the bar, not just for himself but also for his competitors.

An increase in the expectation from fans; will see Djokovic sweat it out on the court, until his last breath. However, with Nadal out for revenge and Federer on a mission to avenge his throne, which one of the big three will win the big four? Or are we in for more surprises with an underdog getting the best of the beast? We’ll see

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