The presence of Toni Nadal within the teaching staff of Felix Auger-Aliassime won’t be a distraction in in the present day’s French Open fourth spherical conflict with 13-time champion Rafael Nadal, the gamers stated.
Toni Nadal masterminded nephew Rafa’s unimaginable profession from properly earlier than he broke into the large time by successful the French Open as a teen in 2005, steering him in direction of a file 21 Grand Slam victories.
The 61-year-old stepped down as Rafa’s coach in 2017 and focused on operating the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca earlier than agreeing to work with world quantity 9 Auger-Aliassime final yr.
“From the first time we started working together we knew it was a possibility that eventually I would play Rafa when I’m working with Toni,” Canadian Auger-Aliassime stated on Friday night following the third spherical victory that confirmed he would play Nadal.
But followers won’t be seeing Toni in Auger-Aliassime’s field in the course of the match, with the Canadian saying he thought his coach would watch from a “neutral place and enjoy the match”.
“I don’t know how Toni feels…But I think also you have to remember…for me Rafa’s career and what he did with Toni is much bigger than the match tomorrow.”
For 13-time French Open champion Nadal the presence of his uncle along side one other participant shouldn’t be a matter of concern.
“I don’t think he will be able to want me to lose but he’s a professional and he’s with another player,” Nadal stated.
Nadal has cruised by the primary three rounds of the event with out dropping a single set and is the favorite to return out on prime within the match.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, if he’s going to stay in the box or not, but I don’t care,” Nadal stated.
“We are family more than anything else…We are a family that stays together all the time. So he’s not only an uncle. He’s more than that.”