Much like Rafael Nadal on the court, Toni Nadal, his uncle, has not held back in engaging himself in a war of words off it. He has lashed out at the “Rafael Nadal has no chance” comment made by Goran Ivanisevic prior to the finals.
The comment was passed considering the form Djokovic took into the finals of the French Open 2020. But a drubbing at the hands of the Spaniard, 6-0, 6-2, 7-5, resulted in a straight-sets loss for the Serb.
The 17-time major singles champion had never lost a set 6-0 prior to this. Rafa, right from the word go, dominated Novak, leaving no room for a Serbian comeback.
“Ivanisevic, in his bombastic predictions, said that his pupil was fully prepared both tactically and mentally to face this Final. Reality has shown that it should not be like that,” commented Toni.
(Quotes translated from Espanyol via Google Translator)
Goran Ivanisevic firmly believed that Djokovic had a great chance to win the championship. But the loss turned out to be a hard pill to swallow.
Ivanisevic admitted that Nadal played the perfect game to clinch the championship. He also admitted that the statement made by him on the fortune of the finals was “too ambitious.”
Toni commented on the incident, “It surprises me that a great champion like him falls sometimes, and more frequently lately, into such a negative gesture.”
“I have always understood that taking care of body language has a double effect: towards oneself and towards the rival.”
Toni Nadal has held the record for the most Grand Slam titles won as a coach with 16, until February 2, 2020. Meanwhile, Goran Ivanisevic remains the only player to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon as a wildcard entrant.