“Both Him and His Million Followers Deserves Another Meeting”: Toni Nadal Doesn’t See Roger Federer Bowing Out Soon

Published 07/09/2021, 9:04 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 12: Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after defeating him in the Men’s Singles Semi Final at The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club at Wimbledon on July 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Anychance/Getty Images)


Toni Nadal, the longtime coach and uncle of Rafael Nadal, has opened up on the inevitability of Roger Federer retiring from the sport.

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While it’s likely that Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic, the three contemporary giants of men’s tennis, won’t take the curtain call at the same time, they are all in the twilight of their careers. And the day isn’t far when they will head on to the other side.

In an article for leading Spanish publication El Pais, the celebrated tennis coach and mentor said the Big 3 will move on from tennis the day they realize that they can’t win anymore.

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“Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will retire when they have no chance of winning”: Toni Nadal

“I feel that he (Federer), as well as Novak and Rafael, will decide to retire the day they feel they have no chance of victory,” Toni said.

On Federer, he said that before he retires, the Swiss should allow himself a fitting tribute and ovation at all the four Grand Slams in return for the way he has enriched the sport over the years.

He added that the least that he can do for himself and his legions of fans is to go out to rousing farewell chants and applause befitting his stature and standing in the sport.

“When Roger decides that the day has come, hopefully he will do so by saying goodbye one by one, and, at least at the four Grand Slams. Both he and his millions of followers deserve another meeting in which they can dedicate the ovation and tribute to him for all that he has meant for our sport,” the coach added.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland at the net following victory in his Men’s Singles final during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Elegance in shot-making and movement makes Federer a standout player: Toni Nadal

Currently involved with Canadian tennis star Felix Auger-Aliassime as coach/mentor, Toni said what has made the Swiss a standout player over the years is his elegance of shot-making and movement, and his unique skill-sets and playing style will be sorely missed long after he has played his last point.

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“Nobody, like him, has been able to combine plasticity and elegance in hitting the ball and in his movements on the court, with an efficiency and brilliance difficult to match,”  Toni said, in a glowing tribute to the champion.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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