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Rafa and Uncle Toni: A legendary duo for the ages

After many of you said that Rafa should dump uncle Toni and get help from a new coach, here is Rafa back to his winning form and changed nothing.

Rafa repeatedly said that HE and only HE has the solutions, and that his team is not to blame. While many of you (as well as top players) would have been quick to dump your teams trying to get help from someone new, Rafa was loyal to his team and family, and he worked very hard, kept fighting very hard, and found the solution HIMSELF.

So if this is not an inspiration, I don't know what is. Nadal despite the low moments (starting in late 2014 due to injuries btw), and despite most of you predicting he would never get close to a big title again, eventually kept working hard to gain back his form and confidence and found a way. He has so much self belief, respect and loyalty, it's incredible.

So let that be a lesson to all of you and to all tennis players who jump from coach to coach as soon as things are not great, blaming others for their struggles, instead of being loyal and knowing that YOU and only YOU have the answer.



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One could only imagine what his totals would be if it weren't for his many setbacks/injuries. Truly an icon.
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Re: Rafa and Uncle Toni: A legendary duo for the ages

OK let's settle down just a little..

He wins a tournament and suddenly he's a king again. Long way until he hits top form.

Good steps though. But let's be realistic, he beat:

1. Bedene
2. Thiem (who choked)
3. Wawrinka (who's in poor form lately)
4. A fading and frustrated Murray
5. Monfils (not the worst final to take on in a masters, not to mention how easy Monfils' draws have been lately).

Not taking anything away, but he's no where near his best. I still don't think he will ever reach his prime.

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OK let's settle down just a little..

He wins a tournament and suddenly he's a king again. Long way until he hits top form.

Good steps though. But let's be realistic, he beat:

1. Bedene
2. Thiem (who choked)
3. Wawrinka (who's in poor form lately)
4. A fading and frustrated Murray
5. Monfils (not the worst final to take on in a masters, not to mention how easy Monfils' draws have been lately).

Not taking anything away, but he's no where near his best. I still don't think he will ever reach his prime.


All of you haters predicted that Thiem would beat Rafa, but Rafa won

All of you haters predicted that Godwrinka (the French Open favorite in many people's eyes) would destroy Rafa, but Rafa won

All of you haters predicted that Clayray would destroy Rafa again, but Rafa won

And Monfils played unbelievable, but Rafa again won

And now each of these opponents all of a sudden were nobodies? Stop being a sore loser. Rafa was 5th seed and beat 2 players ranked higher than him to win the title. This was a well-deserved M1000 title victory, and he did it on his own with his regular team. Loyaldal.

You guys never learn. He is back, and he is by far the favorite for the rest of the clay season.


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14 grandslams - Olympics Singles Gold - 4 davis cups - 28 masters 1000 - 69 singles titles
Career Golden Grandslam - Most titles at one grandslam - At least 2 slams on each surface
10 consecutive years with a slam title - Slams on clay, grass and hard in same year
3 year end no.1 finishes -141 weeks at no.1
9-2 in slams vs Federer - 9-4 in slams vs Djokovic - 7-2 in slams vs Murray
10 doubles titles including Olympics Doubles Gold & 3 Masters 1000

One could only imagine what his totals would be if it weren't for his many setbacks/injuries. Truly an icon.

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Re: Rafa and Uncle Toni: A legendary duo for the ages

Its true that RAFA is nowhere at his best but his current level is enough to take out everyone (including Faker). That's how good he is on clay. He beat the reigning RG champ + resurgent Mugray en route to his title.
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OK let's settle down just a little..

He wins a tournament and suddenly he's a king again. Long way until he hits top form.

Good steps though. But let's be realistic, he beat:

1. Bedene
2. Thiem (who choked)
3. Wawrinka (who's in poor form lately)
4. A fading and frustrated Murray
5. Monfils (not the worst final to take on in a masters, not to mention how easy Monfils' draws have been lately).

Not taking anything away, but he's no where near his best. I still don't think he will ever reach his prime.
Nadal is obviously far from his pre-2015 form, but to downplay his Monte Carlo win is ridiculous. Facing Thiem, Wawrinka, Murray and Monfils is about the toughest draw you can get without meeting Djokovic.

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Great post. Rafa is a hard-working, loyal and an inspiring champion. This definitely makes him the GOAT, in addition to other various reasons.
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