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Nadal owes uncle Toni after emotional last year

Nadal owes uncle Toni after emotional last year

Rafael Nadal after his win US Open-final Sunday, proud of his third title in New York, but he stressed that he owes much to his uncle Toni, who him for the last time as a coach, assisted at a Grand Slam tournament.

“Without him, I had not been” realized the 31-year-old Nadal after the final in which he was too strong for the South African Kevin Anderson (6-3, 6-3, and 6-4). “I can Toni not thank you enough. He is one of the most important persons in my life.”

The now 56-year-old Toni Nadal was in the youth already the coach of his nephew and accompanied him to the top of the world. After this year, he stops and goes Nadal continue with former number one Carlos Moya, who this year joined in the coachingsstaf of the Spaniard.

With the US Open-title – after the Roland Garros second Grand Slam title in 2017, and his sixteenth in total – was the last year of the cooperation between Rafael and Toni Nadal to be a great success. “For me, it’s an incredible years”, commented Rafael Nadal happy back. “I’ve won at Roland Garros, I am again number one in the world and pick up now here in New York the title.”

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Doubt

By its successes this year special and Nadal himself for his weak performance in 2015 and 2016, which he partly due to physical problems, not only Grand Slam tournament won. There was even quite doubted Nadal still might return to the absolute top.

“But my uncle Toni has always supported me and encouraged,” said Nadal. “Especially thanks to him, I am now back at the top. It was an emotional year, in all respects. There is a lot on me come down, and the pressure was getting higher.”

“But I am, especially here in New York, well with that pressure handled. My feeling was always positive and I went always to play better. There is no better way to the Grand Slam season to a close.”

Nadal wins final US Open

Rafael Nadal has Sunday for the third time the US Open won.
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The centre court prior to the final battle.
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For Anderson it was his first Grand Slam final.
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Until 3-3 it went right on, but then it was Nadal stronger.
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Anderson knew in the whole party not only set breakpoint to create, and picked up in the servicegames of Nadal not more than fifteen points.
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Nadal won the US Open earlier in 2010 and 2013.
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In the first game of the third set resulted in Anderson are re-storage. That break knew the 2,03 metres long servicekanon in the future, do not repair it.
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Discharge at Nadal after the match point.
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Nadal with the trophy.
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Nadal and Anderson with the prices.
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In the final felt Nadal the press also, especially because he is on paper the large favorite against Anderson, who is never more had come than the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament. In addition, we probed Anderson, as well as Nadal, the past few years with his physique.

“He is a great example. He has severe injuries, but is better than ever came back,” said Nadal enthusiastic about his oppponent. Yet, granted he is Anderson not a single breakpoint in the final, which after more than two hours had passed.

Anderson realized that he had not had a chance against Nadal and also had nice words for the Spaniard. “I know that we are of the same age, but I have a feeling that my whole tennisleven all to Nadal. ‘Rafa’ is always my idol. He is one of the greatest ambassadors of tennis.”

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