‘Rafael Nadal has way too many titles and…’, says ATP ace

Felix Auger-Aliassime reveals that he has benefited a lot just by talking to Toni Nadal. In April 2021, Auger-Aliassime brought Uncle Toni into his coaching staff. Uncle Toni, who guided his nephew Rafael Nadal to impressive success, knows extremely well what it takes to achieve the biggest things in the game and how a player should react in certain situations. “I would say that mentally he has given me a lot of confidence sharing conversations and spending time with me during tournaments. He makes me believe that I have what it takes to achieve my goals and he has always been very positive with me, I think that is everything you want from someone. He has been a great support to me and my team and we have learned from his experience, which has resulted in a successful partnership,” Auger-Aliassime told Mexican outlet ESTO, according to Sportskeeda. Auger-Aliassime, 21, has only one title in his collection but has played in 10 ATP finals so far. Auger-Aliassime is currently ranked ninth in the world, the best ranking of his career. Auger-Aliassime has achieved remarkable things very soon, but he is not done yet, as his ultimate goal is to win a Grand Slam and reach the top spot. “I consider that I have faced expectations in a good way because I have always been true to myself, I have remained the person I have always been and I have had people close to me. In the end, you only want to maintain a good relationship with the people who are important to you. Now, speaking of tennis, the expectations of others are not higher than mine. I believe in myself to achieve important things within the sport, so pressure is something I have to deal with and it’s something I’ve learned in recent years,” Auger-Aliassime explained.

Tsitsipas opens up on Nadal

Stefanos Tsitsipas is one of the beneficiaries of the Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal, having moved up one spot as a result to become the third seed. While Tsitsipas admitted that the former World No. 1’s fellow players would definitely miss him, it would be nice to be free of Nadal’s dominance in at least one big tournament this year. “I wouldn’t say it’s good or bad [news], but it helps. [Nadal] has way too many titles. We do miss him, but it’s a bit of help for sure,” Tsitsipas said. Earlier this week, the 22-time Grand Slam champion pulled out of the National Bank Open in Montreal after failing to recover in time from his abdominal injury.