Rafael Nadal’s former coach and uncle, Toni Nadal admitted in an interview that the 19-time Grand Slam champion has the strength and desire to break Roger Federer‘s all-time record of 20 Grand Slam titles.
Rafael Nadal conquered the 19th major title of his career after defeating Daniil Medvedev in a thrilling five-setter at the US Open 2019 finals. The 33-year-old confessed that he would love to be the one who has more Grand Slam titles. However, the Spaniard suggested that he can’t just think about Grand Slams.
Talking about his nephew’s stunning victory over the first time major finalist, Daniil Medvedev, Toni Nadal said, “I thought the match was closer to Medvedev than Rafael. I understand Rafael’s tears after the nerves he went through, after being aware that he could have lost.”
The Spaniard coach believes that Nadal getting older will not be a barrier for him to break Federer’s record. Toni Nadal also suggested that the 33-year-old is not serious when he says he is getting older.
“When he says he is old, he jokes. He has the strength and desire to overcome Federer’s 20. He knows it’s not easy, but I do not think that getting older will not allow him not to reach Federer”, Toni told La Sexta.
Rafael Nadal’s friend and compatriot, David Ferrer also agreed with Toni Nadal as he suggested that Nadal is closer to the Swiss maestro and he wants to win the most number of Grand Slam title.
“His tennis quality, smartness in handling the schedule and training.” David Ferrer said: “Now Federer’s record is as close as ever. And Nadal wants it. Rafa has always been a different player from a mental point of view”
The world No.2 will now feature at the Laver Cup 2019, which is scheduled to start from September 20. However, the Spaniard is still unsure about his schedule after the three-day event in Geneva.