Toni Nadal insists he won’t hand Felix Auger-Aliassime a blueprint in find out how to defeat Rafael Nadal on the French Open when the gamers meet for a quarter-final slot on Sunday. Toni coached his nephew for the perfect a part of three many years throughout which period he received 16 of his report 21 Grand Slam titles. They ended their skilled affiliation in 2017 earlier than Toni linked up with Auger-Aliassime in 2021, working alongside the Canadian’s full-time coach Fred Fontang. When requested Saturday if he’ll disclose to Auger-Aliassime the key of find out how to grow to be simply the third man to defeat Nadal at Roland Garros, the 61-year-old coach was unequivocal.
“In fact not. I informed Felix that my ethics don’t permit me to present him recommendation on beating my nephew. It is as if I had been telling somebody find out how to defeat my very own son,” mentioned Toni forward of his first assembly with Rafael since their cut up.
“When Felix got here to the (Nadal) academy to ask me to work with him, I informed him: ‘If we play in opposition to Rafa, after all I am not going to do that while you rating a degree’,” he added, displaying a fist pump.
“And if Rafael had mentioned no, I would not have taken the job.”
Toni additionally mentioned he won’t sit in Auger-Aliassime’s participant field on Courtroom Philippe Chatrier on Sunday, explaining he’ll station himself in a “impartial” seat.
Nadal, a 13-time champion on the French Open the place his report stands at 108 wins and simply three defeats since his title-winning debut in 2005, insisted there’s “zero downside” together with his uncle working with Auger-Aliassime.
“For me, it is quite simple,” mentioned Nadal after reaching the fourth spherical by cruising previous Botic van de Zandschulp within the third spherical.
“He’s my uncle. He won’t need me to lose. He desires the perfect for me and I need the perfect for him. However he is knowledgeable and with one other participant now.
“Truthfully, for me, it is zero downside.”
Into the final 16 in Paris for the primary time, the 21-year-old Auger-Aliassime additionally tried to minimize the affect of Toni Nadal.
“I do not know if I want him to elucidate to me how Rafa performs, everyone knows what he does nicely,” mentioned the Canadian who reached the US Open semi-final final yr below Toni Nadal’s steerage.
“I do not assume Toni goes to show me something new about Rafa’s recreation.”
He added: “We knew it was a risk that ultimately I’d play Rafa once I’m working with Toni. From my half it is one other match. Rafa’s profession and what he did with Toni is far larger than the match on Sunday.”
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