Although world No. 1 Rafael Nadal made headlines recently with comments regarding his “lack of confidence” in the early portion of 2014, his head coach Uncle Toni has put out his own comments on Wednesday, where he said that Rafael is “exaggerating a bit” about his issues.
Rafa had made a magnificent comeback in 2013, winning 2 Grand Slam titles and 5 Masters 1000 titles, but has only managed two title wins so far this season, in Doha and Rio de Janeiro. He lost the Australian Open final to Stanislas Wawrinka, the third round at Indian Wells, and runner-up in Miami. His most recent loss was a particularly surprising one, as he was ousted in the quarter-final round of the Monte Carlo Masters. Nadal, an eight-time champion in Monaco, had not lost before the finals at that event since 2003. This prompted him to mention that a “lack of confidence” was the reason behind his recent skid.
His head coach Uncle Toni however believes that is simply not the case.
“Rafa sometimes exaggerates a bit also.” Toni told the Barcelona Open magazine. “Defeat is always there waiting for you . Federer , Djokovic , Murray have all lost, Ferrer ‘s defeat … it’s part of the game .Rafa lost in Miami because he did not play well. However, I believe that this year will be a little different, not only it will be a fight between the two (Rafa and Novak) of them for the top ranking . Wawrinka is very strong , Federer is back playing well , Ferrer Murray plays well … When he recovers, he will be a tough rival to beat, and Del Potro, who has great potential . We will see in the end who will be the real rivals, but my impression is that it will all be balanced.”
While Toni admits that the last match in Monte Carlo did not go as they had hoped, he believes that his nephew will have no troubles in Barcelona and beyond.
“Rafa comes here with doubts because when you lose a game always has more questions than when you win . We are training well and we had trained well in Monte Carlo, although the last match did not go as we hoped.
“But I trust in the fact that here in Barcelona things will get better.”