WATCH: Rafael Nadal Trains With Felix Auger-Aliassime and Uncle Toni at Monte Carlo Masters 2021

Published 04/11/2021, 7:50 AM EDT
MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 08: Felix Auger-Alliassime of Canada congratulates opponant Rafael Nadal of Spain during day five of the Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on May 08, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)


It’s time for the Monte Carlo Masters 2021 and fans are quite excited about it. Players are also training hard for it and some are even training together for having better results. Recently, Rafael Nadal too practiced with rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters 2021.

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It is surely a great time for the Canadian player Felix Auger-Aliassime as he got the opportunity to hit the nets with Rafael Nadal. The two practiced really hard and looked in great shape during the training sessions. They practiced both the forehand and the backhand drills for quite some time.

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Aliassime recently included Rafa’s former coach Toni Nadal in his coaching squad. Thus, it was also an opportunity for Nadal to train with his uncle again- with whom he has won 16 Grand Slam titles in his career.

Rafa surely likes to practice with youngsters ahead of big tournaments. Last time, he trained with Jannik Sinner right before the Australian Open 2021. It definitely helped the 19-year-old and he managed to finish the Miami Open 2021 as the runner-up.

Aliassime will also expect similar results after training with the Spaniard. He’ll begin his Monte Carlo Masters 2021 campaign tomorrow against Cristian Garin.

Can Rafael Nadal lift his 12th Monte Carlo Masters title this year?

World No.3 Nadal has won the Monte Carlo Masters title 11 times so far. Stunningly, he won the title 8 times consecutively from 2005 to 2012. He is surely the ‘King of Clay’ and will look forward to extending his dominance on the surface.

Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a forehand against Guido Pella of Argentina in their quarter-final match. Day six of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters at Monte-Carlo Country Club in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Even though Rafa hasn’t had a great season so far, he can turn the tables now. After getting eliminated in the quarters of the Australian Open 2021 and skipping the Miami Open 2021 due to an injury, he’ll surely be looking to make an incredible comeback on the court. In the training, one can see that he is looking in some great touch and is hitting the balls quite perfectly.

Rafael Nadal will surely like to begin his clay-court season in style by winning the Monte Carlo Masters title yet again. Once he manages to gain form and momentum, it’ll be almost impossible to beat him. Fans have huge expectations from the Spaniard and want him to surpass Roger Federer in the Grand Slam tally by lifting the French Open title this year.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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