Coach Toni Nadal has deep respect for Rafael Nadal’s biggest rival, Roger Federer, talking about how the Swiss Maestro revolutionized Tennis. Uncle Toni, current coach of Felix Auger-Aliassime, gave an interview to La Vanguardia and one of the questions he was asked is whether he believes that he is his nephew a genius.
Toni has stated that he would never call a family member a genius, because he feels that he would just be too much. Additionally, the Majorcan’s former coach revealed that he thinks his nephew Rafael peaked during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
Toni said: “I would never say a family member is a genius. Federer has managed to transcend his sport by squeezing maximum efficiency with superb elegance. Rafael has changed things to perpetuate himself: I would say he reached his peak in 2008 and 2009.
Today his game is more complete, he serves better, he resolves the points better. But he has no other choice, because as the physicist said.”
Rafa and Roger are ready to play together again
Nadal and Federer marked an era of tennis and they have created what many believe is the greatest rivalry in the history of tennis and one of the greatest rivalries in the history of the sport itself.
Recently, coach Jose Higueras, who worked briefly with Federer in 2008, spoke about how unique the Swiss is. “It’s hard to compare Roger [Federer] with anyone. He’s so unique in everything, how he goes about playing him, off the court,” Higueras said in the latest episode of the Holding Court podcast with Patrick McEnroe.
“He likes to feel the ball on the strings of the racket, he likes to experiment. If you tell him something, he digest it, he thinks about it and he’s one of those guys who are always so thirsty to learn.” Nadal and Federer have been confirmed for Laver Cup this year and have expressed a desire to play doubles together at the event.