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Toni Nadal Lashes Out at Goran Ivanisevic For Disregarding Rafael Nadal at French Open 2020 Finals

Published 10/14/2020, 10:20 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Spain’s Rafael Nadal during the final REUTERS/Christian Hartmann TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


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.

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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.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the French Open final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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)

Rafael Nadal statement “too ambitious” admits Goran Ivanisevic

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.”

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Runner up Novak Djokovic of Serbia alongside French Open winner Rafael Nadal of Spain as they are presented with their trophies after the final REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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.”

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“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.

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Ankit Agarwalla

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