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'I find it hard to see Federer lifting another Grand Slam cup' says Toni Nadal

Kachi Wachuku in News 22 Nov 2018
  • Toni Nadal has made some pretty strong statements regarding the future of the Big Four
  • The 57-year old doesn't believe Federer will lift another Grand Slam trophy
Toni Nadal. (credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The former coach weighs in on Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and the future of men's tennis

Toni Nadal, uncle and former long time coach of Rafael Nadal thinks his nephew's main rival Roger Federer will struggle to increase his Grand Slam tally come 2019.

The Swiss enjoyed a great start to the 2018 season, capped by winning a 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. He also won three more titles in Rotterdam, Stuttgart and Basel, but the Spanish coach believes the physical demands of best of five sets will prove a herculean task for the 37-year old.

"What can I expect from 2019? I find it hard to see Federer lift another Grand Slam cup", the 57-year old wrote in his El Paid column.

He goes on to say, "Obviously I do not say it for the game, although I do say it for the toughness of the five-set tournaments. I have to confess that I said that on other occasions, and the Swiss, repeatedly surprised me."

Eventual champion Zverev after beating Federer to reach the final in London. (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic shot up the rankings following his elbow injury woes, the Serb reclaim the top ranking from Nadal after winning titles at Wimbledon, Cincinnati, the US Open and Shanghai. King of clay Nadal had a stellar clay court season as we've come to expect, he also led the tour in terms of most titles won with five.

"For some time I had my doubts about whether the youngsters would be able to overcome the game of Federer on grass, the one of Djokovic on fast courts and the one of Rafael on clay", Toni said. "And I had the impression that the change would be caused rather by the decline of some than the attack of others. The final in London has made me think about this", he continued.

The young guns definitely made their mark in 2018, Zverev, Tsitsipas, and Khachanov all had significant strides in their budding careers. Zverev's victory over Djokovic to win the ATP World Tour Finals set an early maker for the upcoming season, while Khachanov and Tsitsipas both ended their seasons with big wins at the Masters 1000 event in Paris and next gen finals respectively. These results could signify a 'passing on of the torch' next season, but we'll have to wait and see.

As for his thoughts on nephew Rafa's rehabilitation he said, "For now, for the coming year, I trust in the full recovery of Rafael. I feel new episodes of his rivalry with Djokovic and in general, a more open panorama with the definitive incorporation of the new generation."

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