Toni Nadal recently opened up his thoughts to TennisNet and discusses about various topics including the topics of Rafael Nadal going past Roger Federer’s tally of 17 slams.

Rafael talked openly of his nervousness on the court. How did you approach this problem?

First you have to accept it and know exactly what to improve. It is not easy when you have little confidence. You can improve forehand and backhand, mental work is more difficult.

Rafael was always criticized for time violation during his service games and received warning from time to time. What is your opinion on the regulation of the time between one point and another?

Rafael takes too long. And it is his fault. But it’s amazing how things changed from the past. Although the ATP changed the rules, during a match he receives a warning, sometimes even two.

Do you think men’s tennis will have problems once Rafael and Roger Federer will leave the court?

Yes, there could be problems. The current situation is very special. But it was the same at the time of Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and Boris Becker. In 2005, Federer dominated. What happened then? It came a young Rafael. The two gave birth to a special rivalry, comparable to that between Real Madrid and Barcelona or Manchester with Liverpool. Federer with his fantastic tennis and technique, Rafael with his mental strength and physical ability. Both were a great combination for tennis. And then there was the advent of a super player like Djokovic. These three won almost all the most important titles, and that was good for tennis because you know before a big tournament you’d see a great final. Just look at how many times they have played against each other. I see no one as good as Federer and Djokovic in the next generation of tennis players. I’m not sure Kyrgios, Kokkinakis, Coric or Zverev will become great tennis players. If the opposite will happens, it would be good for tennis.

Roger Federer celebrates 34 years in a few days and He is still number two in the world. Do you think Rafael can play at that level in the next 5 years?

In the case of Rafael, it will be a matter of will and desire to win. I often heard that Rafael had a short career. He was already a professional tennis player at 16 and he won at least one Grand Slam title each season in the last 10 years, and he was in the top 100 for 13 years in a row. Rafael, if he wants, can compete at an high level even at 34 years. But there isn’t just Roger Federer…

Roger Federer celebrates 34 years in a few days and He is still number two in the world. Do you think Rafael can play at that level in the next 5 years?

In the case of Rafael, it will be a matter of will and desire to win. I often heard that Rafael had a short career. He was already a professional tennis player at 16 and he won at least one Grand Slam title each season in the last 10 years, and he was in the top 100 for 13 years in a row. Rafael, if he wants, can compete at an high level even at 34 years. But there isn’t just Roger Federer…

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