As collected by Novosti.rs media partner, Toni speaks in a straightforward tone regarding the competitive relationship that exists between Rafa and Novak. Toni said: "Novak is number one in the world at the moment, but that's because Rafael didn't play much last season.
If he hadn't been injured for so long, he would have been number one. Although I don't think that separates him much from Djokovic and Federer." Toni Nadal's declarations are never trivial and perhaps even more lights up the healthy sporting fight that can take place this year between Rafa and Novak, always if the latter regularly manages to compete in all tournaments due to his state of non-compliance vaccination.
Although two weeks have now passed since Rafael Nadal’s resounding comeback triumph against Daniil Medvedev, the Australian Open 2022 topic is still very hot, but not only. There is also talk of this continuous fight between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal to decide who will be able to raise the most majors, without forgetting Roger Federer in the background of him majesty.
At the moment the Spaniard is ahead 21 to 20 but we are sure that the fight will continue this season. Uncle of Majorcan Toni Nadal commented on this situation. For many years the current coach of Felix Auger-Aliassime has made some strong statements that go to counter that current of thought that wanted to take away full credit from the left-handed of Manacor for his 21st Grand Slam due to the absence from the Slavic tennis player.
The rivalry between Rfael and Novak, although for the collective imagination will never be like that produced by the Fedal, has been and continues to be among the most heated in history. There have been 58 precedents between them that see the current number one in the world ahead of 30-28 over his arch rival.
A rivalry that we can divide into several parts: the first that begins in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros in 2006 and ends in May 2009, more precisely with the semifinal at the Madrid Open. During that time, the two met 18 times and it was Nadal who triumphed on almost every occasion: 14-4.
The second phase opens on hard courts in Cincinnati in 2009 up to one of the longest finals in the history of slams, the 2012 Australian Open. In this case there was a domination by the Serbian who won 10 times out of 12. Then there is a third phase that starts from Monte Carlo in 2012 until today where he sees the most balanced situation although it is always the Serbian who is ahead 16-12.
The last precedent among them was last year in Paris when Djokovic overturned the odds by beating Nadal in the tournament that saw him triumph thirteen times.