“Unshakeable Faith in Him”: Toni Nadal Believes Rafael Nadal Can Stop Novak Djokovic

Published 07/12/2021, 9:17 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Spain’s Rafael Nadal after winning their semi final match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


After conquering the first three Grand Slam events of the season, Novak Djokovic is poised to lift the final Grand Slam event of the season. The US Open, played on the hard courts, a surface that suits the Serbian player best. Besides, he has displayed some of the best tennis this year. 

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Recently, Toni Nadal highlighted the dominance of Djokovic. He feels now that the Serb has finally caught up with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and has his first opportunity to go past the two legends of the game. However, he does believe that his nephew can be the man who will derail the Serb off his tracks. 

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 16, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal shakes hands with Serbia’s Novak Djokovic after winning the final REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Speaking on this subject, Toni Nadal stated, “But this victory at Wimbledon goes to show something else. The Balkan seems to be, at the moment, the one with the best momentum to proclaim himself the winner in the fight to score the highest number of Grand Slams.”

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(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Rafael Nadal best candidate to take on Novak Djokovic 

The US Open is the last Grand Slam event of the season. Over the past four years, Nadal has won the US Open twice. In that case, if there is anyone who has the best chance to stop the Serbian player, it is Rafa. After all these years, if there is one thing Toni Nadal hasn’t given up on, it is his trust in his nephew. 

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Spain’s Rafael Nadal before their semi final match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

The 60-year-old further added, “In a month and a half, the US Open will be played and there he will have his first chance to get ahead on the scoreboard. Although it is also true that Rafael will fight for his, and if I have never lost something, it is my unshakable faith in him.”

At the moment, Rafa is preparing himself for the upcoming US Series. He was seen practicing on the hard courts in his academy. It will be interesting to see how he performs in the North American region. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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