Toni Nadal, the uncle and longtime coach of Rafael Nadal, was waiting to meet with his nephew after the final at the 2019 French Open on Sunday, ready to congratulate his nephew on his 12th Roland Garros title. I was feeling so happy, with such a good win, and today, of course, I lost. Since 2005, he has only lost twice at the French Open, once at the hands of Robin Soderling and once at the hands of Novak Djokovic. I think he has the possibility to win, and I want to hope that this year it will be possible.
Rafael Nadal says he will again not play any warmup tournaments before Wimbledon. It lived up to expectations which, to me, were by far the best two sets of the men's tournament over the two weeks.
That couldn't happen as Nadal sailed through his service games easily to close the set with another powerful forehand in game nine, moving closer to the finish line and another title in Paris. As much as I respect Roger, Rafa, Novak - who else?
But in the past two years, he seems to have found a way to play well on grass again. It's there. If we do 10, 12, 15 replicas of this art it's better for us. Had the roof not remained closed when they resumed on the second day - a contentious decision - he very well may have won.
"In 2018, I played nine events and finished just seven of them", Nadal added. So I have to do my schedule.
"I played a great event previous year. I was very close to being in the quarterfinals, and a year ago I was one point away [from serving for a place in] that final".
Revealing he would be skipping all other grass court events to give himself the best possible chance of staying fit ahead of the event, which starts on July 1, he said: "I know I played a great event previous year". Serve and volley still plays a role, though, while players who are able to come forward will always have their reward.
Sunday's exhibition showed that you made the right decision.
The key for Nadal, however, is not the grass. "I could stop for a while and recover or change my attitude and recover". "That someone wins 12 Times in Roland Garros".More news: At Least 25 Officers Injured During Chaos Following Deadly Frayser Shooting
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At 33, Nadal is the best part of five years younger than the Swiss veteran but with a career blighted by injuries, he refuses to target the all-time record. But Rafa, maybe angered by losing the lead, upped his play taking the last four games of a 54 minute first set.
"While you watched Nadal, as he won from every angle nearly impossible balls, you had to ask if anyone has ever played as good as Dominic Thiem and so little was rewarded", wrote the British newspaper "Daily Telegraph" on Monday.
"Mentally, I wasn't enjoying myself". After Madrid and Barcelona, I was thinking about what I needed to do.
It was the Spaniard's third title at the tournament in consecutive years and 18th Grand Slam champion in total.
"I was not enjoying it too much, I was anxious about my health".
He said: "It's very tough". So I don't see the life.
"I just try to do my way". I have been able to be very close to win another title there.
"I lost, I think, about 15 or even more Grand Slams in my career by injuries", Nadal said. "If not, for me, still unbelievable, no?"
Nadal's French Open record overall is 93-3.