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Uncle Toni: Federer better than Nadal, but ATP favours Federer

By Abhimanyu Nagpal    + Follow

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Keywords: Roger-Federer | Rafael-Nadal
Uncle Toni: Federer better than Nadal, but ATP favours Federer
Toni Nadal - Uncle and Coach of Spaniard No.4 in the World Rafael Nadal, believes that Roger Federer is a better player than his nephew Rafa, but also said that the ATP calender favours Roger heavily.

French Open champion and King of Clay Rafael Nadal recently described the ATP calender as 'negative' as it gives a preference to the hard courts over clay and other surfaces. Now uncle Toni has also come out in support of his nephew by saying that the ATP favours hard courts and other faster surfaces which favour Roger Federer.

Toni Nadal invited by sponsors to talk tennis to children in Sao Paulo, Brazil was very vocal when asked a few questions. To his surprise a lot of questions asked were about Roger Federer and not his nephew, most believe that Federer is the greatest player of all time, to this Nadal responded by saying:

"This sentence does not bother me. It’s the truth. Federer is better than Nadal and the titles say this. It's also true that we play on a circuit that is in his favor, made ??????of tournaments that are held on super fast courts. But the debate on who is the best in the history of the sport should not be done with Rafa but with Rod Laver, who was unable to play for several years and we all know he could have won more titles. Regarding the matches, Rafa is winning the matches played against Federer but for me it does not matter that much, for example, Davydenko has a favorable record but we all agree that Rafa is better than the Russian."

As the question changed to the off court relationship between the two legends, the coach was once again open about it,

"I ??????would say that they have a very respectful relationship more than friendship. Federer is 31 years old; he is married and has two daughters. Rafael is 26 years old and although he respects and admires Roger he prefers to have friendships with people like Mónaco, Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez. Tennis for both of them is very important but if we see it from our point of view, I would certainly have preferred that Federer was not there, this would allow Rafael to win more titles and to remain number one for the longest time. But the same goes for Roger, at Roland Garros he could have won three more." 

 

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Posted By keto.papalashvili,   Posted about 481 days and 2 hours ago

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Well, isn't it true that courts get slow season by season? ...

Posted By keto.papalashvili,   Posted about 481 days and 2 hours ago

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interesting...

Posted By anik.gos,   Posted about 520 days and 12 hours ago

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Mr nosheel... Could you explain your illusions a bit more?.. Tennis gives a bit more respect to the No1 players..and Federer was No 1 for years together..no one asked Rafa not to get there...and true that arnav... Toni seems to have little

Posted By anik.gos,   Posted about 520 days and 12 hours ago

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Mr nosheel... Could you explain your illusions a bit more?.. Tennis gives a bit more respect to the No1 players..and Federer was No 1 for years together..no one asked Rafa not to get there...and true that arnav... Toni seems to have little

Posted By Micadavenport,   Posted about 800 days and 6 hours ago

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Nadal needs to get fit so Uncle Tony has something to do........

Posted By arnav,   Posted about 803 days and 6 hours ago

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He forgot to mention that ATP have changed the type of grass used in Wimbledon to the slower one. Also, most of the tournaments uses slower hard courts, rather than faster synthetic courts. So saying this might be a little delusional.

Posted By Enya_Whittle,   Posted about 804 days and 5 hours ago

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The amount of ? in this article unnerved me somewhat, but I got the gist.

Posted By Nosheel,   Posted about 805 days and 8 hours ago

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Not sure that the bit about "preferring Roger not to be there" is quite fair, but he has always had preferential treatment. There is no doubt of this: whether it is draws, scheduling, types of tournament, press conference questions... But Roger really probably is the best player of all time. Rafa does have a winning record against him, so that throws up a big question?

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