“Unshakeable Faith in Him”: Toni Nadal Believes Rafael Nadal Can Stop Novak Djokovic

Frenchy-Player

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Recently, Toni Nadal highlighted the dominance of Djokovic. He feels now that the Serb has finally caught up with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and has his first opportunity to go past the two legends of the game. However, he does believe that his nephew can be the man who will derail the Serb off his tracks.

Speaking on this subject, Toni Nadal stated, “But this victory at Wimbledon goes to show something else. The Balkan seems to be, at the moment, the one with the best momentum to proclaim himself the winner in the fight to score the highest number of Grand Slams.”

The 60-year-old further added, “In a month and a half, the US Open will be played and there he will have his first chance to get ahead on the scoreboard. Although it is also true that Rafael will fight for his, and if I have never lost something, it is my unshakable faith in him.”


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He's the only hope now.

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ChaelAZ

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Toni has always been fairly even keeled when looking across the field, but ultimately is Nadal's family and coach so he SHOULD always have faith. And Nadal does have more upside on HC, and especially the USO. Let's see how the upcoming tune-up goes for him.
 

Sephiroth

Hall of Fame
Toni doesn't understand there's more threats on HC than just Djokovic, I don't fancy Nadal against quiet a few of the Next Gen players after USO 19 and AO 2021 + stamina issue

also possibility of resurgent Thiem so yay, another guy who's gonna go 5 hours vs Nadal
 
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Shu-Pak

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Nadal is a scary dude at the USO.....in the past.

I fear that he is done-zo there due to his body failing him a bunch and he's been inconsistent for the past few years. I love Nadal and want him to do well but I don't think he has it in him anymore at the USO.

Djoko to finally get rid of his bad luck at USO and complete the CYGS and pull ahead in slemz.
 
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According to the bookies its 4 times less likely Rafa wins US Open. Go ahead...you could make a fortune.
Sorry, but these calculations are wrong.
Djokovic at 2.0 odds is 7 times more likely winner than Nadal at 8.0. You need to subtract the odds base (1.0).
 

DjokoLand

Hall of Fame
I would be shocked if Nadal made it too Djokovic at the USO, I would be more shocked if he took a set for the first time in 8 years on HC, I’d be incredibly shocked if he beat Djokovic.
People can say 2-1 and even as a big Djokovic fan I agree Nadal was a better player in 2010 and deserved to win in 2013. But right now it means nothing. Djokovic against Nadal on HC is NID for the last few years and will always stay that way
 

Lord Anomander

Professional
Djokovic had his fair share of troubles at the US Open. Now with the CYGS at stakes it won’t be any easier, I can imagine. If someone can handle the pressure, it’s Djokovic, but it is his tournament to lose. Nadal could very much profit from this. However, Djokovic is an entirely different beast against Nadal, so I’d be surprised if Nadal beat him on HC. Maybe the perfect revenge for the SF loss at RG, since I doubted Nole would snatch the win there.
 

brc444

Rookie
Rafa has been the better USO player the past decade. I think his chances are greater than Nole's.
I think they are about the same this past decade -- both have 3 slams and a 1-1 H2H since 2011. Perhaps you are counting 2010 as within the decade.
 

Ivan Lendl

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Nadal has the ability to bounce back after disappointing moments, and USO is not a lock for Djoker. Toni believes in Rafa, nothing wrong with that, I except a super motivated Nadal at the USO. He might fail to deliver, but he'll not go without a fight.
 

weakera

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The difference between these comments and Ivanisevic's typical ones is that Toni loves Rafa like a son, and it shows, while Goran is just an as$hole.
 

Pneumated1

Hall of Fame
You think a player who is 3-5 in USO finals has greater odds?? o_O

That said, Wawrinka might be absent, so Nole's chances do greatly increase.

Fair enough, but I think there are several explanations for his 3-5 finals record, like most ever weeks at #1, which correlates to being a little gassed and deflated from dominating the tour all year and year-in, year-out--granted, with a few gaps here and there. But speaking of odds, what were his odds against Nadal in Paris? That victory is only a month old, and now we're moving to a surface that suits Djoker much better and Nadal much less. If Djoker manages his body and schedule, I'll take Djoker any day in New York. These are fun discussions, so we'll have to see. A golden era regardless.
 

Lord Anomander

Professional
What if he was uninjured at the US?

I don’t know. As an Austrian I’m worried about Thiem. He seems to have lost some of his motivation or whatever it is. It’s not like he was doing great before his injury. A first round loss at RG is really concerning. It’s like it took him a while to process that he won a GS and now he needs to find a reason to fight again.

I cannot fathom that he of all players should beat Djokovic at this USO. That would be some miracle comeback. Maybe next year, but I doubt he would even advance far enough to face Nole or Rafa.
 

duaneeo

Legend
I say that player that won last 3 slams and haven't lost a set on hard court against Nadal for years now and even beat him at his FO has better chance...

No one said anything about which player would win in a USO matchup. I simply said Rafa has been the better player at the USO and has the greater chances of winning (4 titles vs 3 titles, and he's been the better more-recent player...with wins in 2017 and 2019). In typical fashion, rather than respond with an adult comment, you instead replied with the snide, childish retort.
 

junior74

Talk Tennis Guru
I don’t know. As an Austrian I’m worried about Thiem. He seems to have lost some of his motivation or whatever it is. It’s not like he was doing great before his injury. A first round loss at RG is really concerning. It’s like it took him a while to process that he won a GS and now he needs to find a reason to fight again.

I cannot fathom that he of all players should beat Djokovic at this USO. That would be some miracle comeback. Maybe next year, but I doubt he would even advance far enough to face Nole or Rafa.

It's so sad what's happened to him. He played so well on both clay and HC, really challenged the top guys and seemed more motivated than any other in the nextgens. Hope he finds meaning in tennis again.
 

duaneeo

Legend
So, you are saying you hope someone else beat Novak for Rafa? Great tactics....

Okay, you got me. I'm a known Rafa fanatic (as you smartly determined by my siggy), and I so want someone to take out Nole so that it clears the way for Nadal to win #21 and hold the stand-alone slam record.
 
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