Toni Nadal: Finding way to beat Novak Djokovic was toughest thing to do

Toni Nadal has recalled the 2008 Wimbledon final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, revealing he was stressed from the start until the end. 

The 2008 Wimbledon final is considered as one of the best matches ever played as Nadal edged out Federer 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 9-7 to win his lone title at The Championships. 

Nadal is now a 20-time Grand Slam champion but only one of those 20 titles came at The All England Club. 

“I was very nervous all the time. Not in the fifth set, but from the first set,” Uncle Toni said during his appearance on a Sportklub podcast, as revealed on We Love Tennis.

Novak Djokovic was always giving hard time to Nadal 

Uncle Toni is now coaching Felix Auger-Aliassime but he still remembers well tough it was to find a game-winning plan against Djokovic. 

“I think we still had a way to beat Roger Federer. With Novak Djokovic, it’s more difficult because you never know exactly what to do,” Uncle Toni noted. 

Meanwhile, Nadal’s old rival Federer’s career is in jeopardy as he is set to undergo a third knee surgery in two years. 

“I just wanted to give you a bit of an update [on] what’s been going on since Wimbledon. As you can imagine, it’s not been simple. I’ve been doing a lot of checks with the doctors as well on my knee, getting all the information as I hurt myself further during the grass-court season and Wimbledon,” Federer said in a video. “That’s just not the way to go forward, so unfortunately they told me for the medium to long term to feel better, I will need surgery. I decided to do it.

“I’ll be on crutches for many weeks and also out of the game for many months, so it’s going to be difficult of course in some ways, but at the same time I know it’s the right thing to do because I want to be healthy, I want to be running around later as well again and I want to give myself a glimmer of hope to return to the tour in some shape or form.”