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Toni Nadal: Rafa Admitted I Was Right

Rafael Nadal is not only king of clay, he's a student of the game.

Toni Nadal, Rafa's uncle and original coach, said the 18-time Grand Slam champion conceded Uncle Toni was correct in his assessment of returning positioning.

Toni Nadal: I Feel Sorry For Roger

In an interview with, Toni Nadal said while watching Novak Djokovic return Roger Federer's serve in the Wimbledon final, Rafa Nadal admitted he should have adjusted his return position during his semifinal loss to Federer.

"I watched the final with him and I told him to look at where Djokovic was returning," Toni Nadal told RTVE. "He was much closer to the baseline than he did in the semifinals.

“He admitted I was right and he was wrong in returning all the time from very behind. I asked him why he did not change his return position as both Francis Roig and I were telling him that during the match. He told me he had not seen it, he did not understand us and if he did he would have definitely done it."

Toni Nadal said numbers don't lie: The Big 3 have distinguished themselves as tennis icons for elevating the sport. 

"There is a very clear statistic. Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, who were great champions, won 26 Grand Slams combined,” Toni Nadal said. “Rafa, Roger and Novak have 54, which means more than the double. Many people tell me that they have improved, but each one could have won many more majors if some of them were not there.

“Anyways, they were lucky that the following generation is unable to replace them."