Both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have made it to the last eight at the French Open,2020, and that too without dropping a single set. The 12-time Roland Garros champion, Nadal will be trying to equal Federer’s 20 slam titles with this win.
Toni Nadal, the former coach, and uncle of the Spaniard, has some views and predictions about the tournament and the player’s game. In a telephonic interview from Mallorca, Toni Nadal talked to the AFP about the changing weather conditions in Paris.
The overall playing conditions have been quite different from usual, that we’re in May when the tournament is otherwise held. It has also been raining on most of the days, with the temperature being around 10-15 degrees.
“I think Rafael is quite good. He arrived with uncertainties because this is the year he played the least before the tournament.”, Toni said as the quarter-finals in Rome last month was his first action since February.
“In the third round against (Stefano) Travaglia, he played well. But Sunday (against Sebastian Korda), it was too windy for you to really judge your game. As conditions change, you have to impose your style of play. To gain a point, you have to prepare for it longer.
In previous editions, Rafael was very effective on points under nine shots. This year, the exchanges are a little longer. The topspin shot is not as effective. So, like all the other players, he uses damping a bit more.”, the 59-year-old explained.
“Novak Is Very Solid”: Toni Nadal
According to Toni, the rain and cold of Roland Garros and the autumn weather will benefit Novak Djokovic more than anyone. He believes that the overall conditions and the specifications of the new ball favor the 17-time grand slam champion, Djokovic.
“Novak is very solid. I think he is the one who is most favored by the new balls. When the ball is alive, Rafael manages to overflow it, but this will be more difficult.”, Toni said.
This tournament might end up with a reliable clash between Nadal and Djokovic, as the Serb aims for his second French Open and 18th grand slam. The Spaniard will face 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner on Tuesday, who is the first player to reach the quarter-finals on debut since Nadal in 2005. On the other hand, Djokovic will play against the 29-year-old Pablo Carreño Busta on Wednesday.