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Should RAFA ask Uncle Toni to return to coach him?

  • Yes. Uncle Toni is a genius.

    Votes: 7 25.0%
  • No. Moya is the right choice for RAFA. Give him time.

    Votes: 10 35.7%
  • No. But maybe RAFA needs something else.

    Votes: 2 7.1%
  • No, it doesn't matter.

    Votes: 7 25.0%
  • Other, explain in post.

    Votes: 2 7.1%

  • Total voters
    28
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Yes, Carlos Moya and co. have made changes to RAFA's serve to flatten it out some. They have also tried to make RAFA more aggressive overall.

But against the best, his returns seem to be suffering like he is under too much pressure. His forehands also looked suspect. Is he too nervous?

Perhaps his team didn't stop to consider the side effects those changes may have had on RAFA's mental state.

During the AO loss to No1e, it was like RAFA checked out in some fashion and didn't believe.

He doesn't appear to have the calmness he once had.

Is the friendly Moya-Nadal relationship too cozy?



Djokovic desperately needed Marian Vajda and Gebhard Gritsch to return in 2018 to help enhance his performance after an embarrassing late winter-spring losing 6 of 9 matches.
Whatever they did, it obviously worked for No1e.



So what about it, MTF Nadal experts? Does RAFA need Uncle Toni back in the box again, and the sooner the better?

Tio's presence is not to be underestimated, no? Toni - 16 majors. Carlos - 1.


"I'm very strict with Rafa". - Toni Nadal


Wishfully,
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in case you didn't notice it , Rafa was losing recently to Fed in 2017 with Toni till following and coaching him. He won RG18 without Toni.
Under Toni's era he was already losing badly to Novak , losing 14 str8 sets on HC.

Just before the AO19 F , Toni said "maybe Rafa is playing the best tennis of his career on HC" He need to see a psychologist for his nerves/anxiousness to solve his mental demons when facing his nemesis
 

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RAFA never lost a best of 5 in straight sets on hard courts or grass to Novak before this AO...

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Novak made a brave step admitting that he was wrong quitting with Vajda & Co, and the results came quicker than anyone could possibly imagine. Maybe it's time for Rafa to reconsider his path with Tony - it's not only technique and tactics, but the mutual understanding and trust that makes someone confident, yet relaxed on court...
 

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Big Xisca should start reading MTF before it's too late.
 

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Severely stupid question.

OP loses what remaining cred he has left with me, which is not much actually.

Rafa's poor performance against Djok had nothing to do with Moya, my god how stupid.

Rafa was floundering with Toni, all the improvement in Rafa's game came with Moya in 2017.

Seriously stupid thread question.
 

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There is nothing to see here folks.

Moya has done very well with Nadal. Almost won him Wimbledon and he did superb at the AO, outside of meeting a confident Djokovic.

Hyper aggressive Nadal isnt a bad thing at all. Tio Tony's version of Nadal becomes less sustainable every year he plays.

Nadal just needs a me talk boost.
 

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The changes in his game were necessary to prevent his body from falling apart. The reality is he gets to choose between playing aggressively or retiring repeatedly from tournaments.
 

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Agree with the general sentiment. The changes seemed necessary in order to try to keep Rafa in one piece throughout the year. Whether Tio would've also been able to implement them doesn't really matter now IMO, since the path chosen with the current team seems encouraging as it is (despite the AO F). Would think Tio can (and will?) still provide mental support behind the scenes. Although, one thing that will be interesting to see this coming clay season is how the current style fares against an in-form Djokovic. How necessary was the new style also for clay, which is less taxing on your legs/knees? Fully understandable for other surfaces. Or is/was Rafa at a point where his footspeed and stamina weren't good enough anymore for clay either...?
 

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Rafa's game has changed and improved under Moya - especially his serve. His straight set loss to Djokovic at the AO was mainly due to lack of match play. I'm not saying he would have won with more play under his belt but it would certainly have been a lot closer. Bringing Moya on board has been a good move imo.
 

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Base on the love-love between Federer and Nadal, once Federer retire he will be Nadal's coach (will come out of closet as bisexuality at the same time, which is good to the human right's campaign in this era) However, it will be not easy, for the first time in history the coach is a candidate of G.O.A.T., so as the player himself, as if Agassi-Djokovic was't bad enough. Tony Nadal's mental condition will be very worrying, too.
But still, watch out Novak, at least 37 slams at the other side of net.
 

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Lol Moyá is pretty much the reason why 2017 happened. He gave Nadal a breath of fresh air after the 2015-2016 struggles. Toni’s time was past it. I don’t know much he could help right now tbh.
 

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Base on the love-love between Federer and Nadal, once Federer retire he will be Nadal's coach (will come out of closet as bisexuality at the same time, which is good to the human right's campaign in this era) However, it will be not easy, for the first time in history the coach is a candidate of G.O.A.T., so as the player himself, as if Agassi-Djokovic was't bad enough. Tony Nadal's mental condition will be very worrying, too.

But still, watch out Novak, at least 37 slams at the other side of net.

I couldn’t agree more.
 

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Asking Tio back in camp would be disastrous. Tio's stupid comments in media is why Rafa is in horrible situation against Novak.
 

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Has Toni ever left?

From what I read here, he is still in the team day in day out, behind every scheme, every plot, and every rain drop.
 
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