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Toni Nadal: Rafael Nadal can play for 3 to 4 more years if he is healthy & motivated

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Toni Nadal, the former coach and uncle of Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal, says his nephew could easily play 3 to 4 more years of tennis if he managed to remain healthy and motivated, during an interview on the Super Deportivo Radio show.

The 59 year old Toni Nadal says, “Rafael can have 3 or 4 more years of tennis easy, as long as the injuries respect him, he feels motivated and with the conviction of continuing to win. I would not imagine Rafael being on the circuit and playing to play, and that it doesn’t matter if he loses or if he wins.

Why does Federer keep playing? Because he knows he can still win important titles. ” Toni Nadal, who coached Nadal throughout his career till early 2017, says he has always told his nephew not to look for excuses and justifications.

“In life I have never liked to listen when someone complains, because I found that the people who complain are the people who are least willing to do something and change their situation. People who are willing to move forward do not usually complain much.

I do not accept much the excuse and the complaint. I always said to Rafael: do not look for justifications because you are going to find them, but they are not going to help you . An excuse will never make you win a match.”

While working with Toni Nadal, Rafael won 16 Grand Slam titles. Toni currently spends most of this time at the Rafa Nadal Academy in his native Mallorca.

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We spread rumours of Rafael Nadal doping’ because he was too good, says French star

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Gilles Simon believes doping rumours were spread about Rafael Nadal as many were uncomfortable with the idea he could simply be better than Roger Federer.

There were allegations of a connection between Nadal and Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor who was ultimately jailed for his part in a Spanish cycle doping scandal.

No evidence has ever been produced linking Fuentes to Nadal, though, who has always very successfully denied any rumours to the contrary.

However, Simon believes the rumours only existed to discredit opinions that Nadal could actually be a better tennis players than Federer rather than just a better athlete.

“It is difficult to conceive [for some] that, in terms of game, Rafael Nadal could be better than Roger Federer,” Gilles Simon wrote in his new autobiography This Sport That Makes You Crazy

“We even spread rumours of doping on his account.

“Nadal does not fit into the framework. Moreover, I emphasize here that we never talk about the physique of Federer, who has little to envy that of Nadal.

“That he went five sets at 35 like what he did in Australia in 2017, it’s extraordinary. But no one noted this point.”

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