Toni Nadal insists he is not going to hand Felix Auger-Aliassime a blueprint in the way to defeat Rafael Nadal on the French Open when the gamers meet for a quarter-final slot on Sunday.
Toni coached his nephew for one of the best a part of three many years throughout which era he gained 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 the way to turn into simply the third man to defeat Nadal at Roland Garros, the 61-year-old coach was unequivocal.
“After all not. I informed Felix that my ethics don’t permit me to present him recommendation on beating my nephew. It’s as if I had been telling somebody the way to defeat my very own son,” stated Toni forward of his first assembly with Rafael since their break 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, in fact, I’m not going to do that if you rating some extent’,” he added, exhibiting a fist pump.
“And if Rafael had stated no, I wouldn’t have taken the job.”
Toni additionally stated he is not going to sit in Auger-Aliassime’s participant field on Court docket 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 drawback” along with his uncle working with Auger-Aliassime.
“For me, it’s quite simple,” stated Nadal after reaching the fourth spherical by cruising previous Botic van de Zandschulp within the third spherical.
“He’s my uncle. He is not going to need me to lose. He desires one of the best for me and I need one of the best for him. However he’s an expert and with one other participant now.
“Truthfully, for me, it’s zero drawback.”
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 don’t know if I would like him to elucidate to me how Rafa performs, everyone knows what he does nicely,” stated the Canadian who reached the US Open semi-final final yr below Toni Nadal’s steerage.
“I don’t assume Toni goes to show me something new about Rafa’s recreation.”
He added: “We knew it was a chance that ultimately I’d play Rafa after I’m working with Toni. From my half it’s one other match. Rafa’s profession and what he did with Toni is way greater than the match on Sunday.”