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Toni Nadal explains Rafa Nadal’s difficulties at the ATP Finals

Toni Nadal, uncle and ex-coach of Rafa Nadal and current coach of Felix Auger-Aliassime, has given an interview to Eurosport Norway in which he wanted to review how the last great circuit of the season was like, the ATP Finals, in which Nadal could not get past the group stage after adding only one victory against Casper Ruud, the eventual finalist of the tournament.

In the interview ‘Uncle Toni’ spoke of Casper Ruud’s growth and how his way of playing has changed since he arrived at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor. “When Ruud came to the Academy, he never thought that he could become number two in the world. At first he had a bad backhand but it was because he moved badly with his legs. Now his backhand is good and I told him that he had to make some adjustments. The most important thing both in tennis and in life is to improve”.

Toni Nadal also spoke about his nephew Rafa and highlighted the keys why Rafa Nadal resists the title in the ATP Finals compared to the Grand Slams.. “The match against Ruud was very important for Rafael. When you play in a Grand Slam you don’t have the same problem as in the Finals, since you have played several matches before. If you beat the first week, you can win the tournament in the second. But here in the Finals it is not the same, because you measure yourself against the best in the world in the first game and that becomes very difficult. At the Australian Open, Rafael didn’t play well in the first match, neither in the second, and the same in the third, but as the tournament progressed he improved”.

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