‘Rafael Nadal has the mental intimidation on most of the tour’, says ATP ace

Roland Garros number fourteen and the Grand Slam title number twenty-two for Rafael Nadal. No one like him, so far: both for the number of Slam trophies lifted, as Djokovic and Federer are at number 20; as well as for the dominance he has created on clay, especially in France. Due to these incredible results that he continues to achieve, the Iberian champion receives numerous accolades. Among them, there is also that of a familiar and old acquaintance from the squad of the current number four in the world: Toni Nadal, Rafa’s uncle and former coach. A particular tournament for the most famous uncle in the tennis world: Nadal and Félix Auger-Aliassime, his new pupil on the ATP circuit, faced each other in the fourth round of the French Open. The intentions of cheering were clear to Toni Nadal, who said after the match: “My nephew is my nephew. He wanted Nadal to win. For us this tournament is always very special “A tournament that became even more special when his nephew won his fourteenth trophy. Speaking to Cadena SER, it is clear that Uncle Toni still cannot surpass this achievement. “It is incredible that my nephew, limping, continues to win. Fighting until the end is in his DNA,” the Spanish coach told Cadena SER, according to Sportskeeda. “He was at a very good level and wanted to continue fighting, he is the best in history. What he has done is incredible, I never would have imagined it.” Uncle Toni and his nephew have not seen each other yet: Rafa is back in Palma de Mallorca, where he will undergo new tests on his foot problem, ahead of his participation in Wimbledon.

Kudla reflects on Rafa Nadal

In a conversation with ATP Tennis Radio podcast, Kudla waxed lyrical about Rafael Nadal and how his mental fortitude and resilience has intimidated many players on tour. “He has the mental intimidation on most of the tour. It’s just his talent level is incredible, his resilience is incredible, his vision for the games and what he brings to table and how he can implement it on everybody is just best of the best,” Kudla said. Kudla also highlighted how Nadal has never broken a racquet on the court, attributing it to the calm personality of the Spaniard. “He plays the lefty kind of style so well, he’s got such good power, he plays every single point with focus and intent, he’s so positive. I was talking about this the other day, it’s incredible, where he has been playing for over 17 years and he’s never broken a racquet. And it’s like wow. Everybody has broken a racquet and he’s never broken a racquet. What’s in his brain is just incredible,” Kudla continued.