Botic Van de Zandschulp only managed to worry Rafael Nadal in the first and last minutes of play. In both cases, however, the Spanish champion found a way to extinguish his opponent's hopes and join Felix Auger-Aliassime in the round of 16.
Just as happened to Novak Djokovic with Marian Vajda last Wednesday, Nadal will find himself dealing with his past. The collaboration between Toni Nadal and the Canadian tennis player began in April 2021. Auger-Aliassime's goal is to improve his psychological strength in the important moments of the matches; a factor that did not allow him to make the definitive leap in quality in the ATP tour.
Rafael Nadal: "Uncle Toni? He's a professional"
Nadal explained: "I understand the question, but for me the question is very simple. He is my uncle and I don't think he wants me to lose. But he's a pro and he's working with another player right now.
I know he wants the best for me and I have no problem with the fact that he worked with Félix. We are more than a family, we spend a lot of time together and I only want the best for him. " However, Toni Nadal has revealed that he will not sit on either side of the bench for the match.
The Majorcan finally analyzed his next match from a tactical point of view: "He is one of the fittest players on the Tour, a simple guy, a good person. So I wish him the best in general but not on Sunday (laughs, ed). I think a match of this level is what I need to test my conditions.
He is a top ten, so I'll have to raise my level to win. " The match between Nadal and Auger-Aliassime will be played on Sunday at Court Philippe-Chatrier. The two have met only once in their careers in 2019 at the Masters 1000 in Madrid and the Spaniard won with a score of 6-3 6-3.