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Rafael Nadal has not said his last word

There is information that passes like that, which does not look like much and which, however, is much richer in lessons than it seems. Rafael Nadal recently communicated on his schedule for the US summer hardcourt tour.

The announcement was made in several stages. A real communication plan.

The Majorcan will indeed compete in the Masters 1000 in Toronto

The first step dates back to July 8, when the man with 13 Roland-Garros shared with his fans the fact that he was going, for the first time in his career, to play in the Washington DC tournament which traditionally launches the season on American “cement”. Curious. After almost 20 years of career, Rafael Nadal is changing his habits to add a stage to his US Open preparation tour. What does it mean ? Will Nadal balance his schedule, withdrawing a test at the end? Possible. But for the moment, he does not take the path.

Last Wednesday, second stage of the communication plan. The Nadal clan informs the world of tennis that the Majorcan will indeed compete in the Masters 1000 in Toronto: “I am very happy to return to Canada to play in Toronto. Toronto is a fantastic tournament and I had some really good games there. » 2 out of 2.

What about Cincinnati? For the moment, no announcement has been made on the side of Manacor. So until proven otherwise, Rafael Nadal is still registered in the Ohio event. A tournament he played 12 times, but only won once in 2013, beating John Isner in the final. 12 times isn’t bad. On the other hand, the last time he set foot in “Cinci” dates back to 2017! It is therefore likely that, if Rafa succeeds in a “paying” Canadian campaign, he will then forfeit the second Masters 1000 of the American summer tour. On the other hand, if his Canadian visit ends after, for example, a simple quarter-final, it is quite possible to see Rafa on the courts of the Lindner Family Tennis Center the following week.

Last stage of this communication plan, the declaration of the trainer of Félix Auger-Aliassime, alias Toni Nadal, who pronounced the following sentence four days ago: “I think that the current level of Djokovic is not the same as in 2011 or 2015, but the Serb is still one step ahead of the new generation of players. But this victory at Wimbledon will prove something else. The Serb seems to be, for the moment, the one who has the most victories to declare himself the winner in the fight for the most Grand Slams. In a month and a half will be played the US Open and there he will have his first chance to take advantage on the scoreboard. Rafael will fight for his, and if there’s anything I’ve never lost, it’s my unwavering faith in him. When he says “him”, Toni is obviously referring to his nephew.

The Spaniard also wants to delay the deadline to see the Serb pass in front of him and his “poto”.

Yes, Novak Djokovic is in pole position to become the record holder of Grand Slam titles. Yes, Novak Djokovic seems to be on the fast lane of the highway that leads him to the first calendar Grand Slam since Rod Laver’s in 1969. Yes, Novak Djokovic could even repeat Steffi Graf’s feat, that of the Golden Slam of 1988, when the German had won the Olympic gold medal, as well as the four Grand Slam lifts. Moreover, the Serb has confirmed his participation in the Games.

Except that, obviously, not everyone sees it that way. And in the first place Rafael Nadal, who wants to do everything he can to prevent his great rival from achieving the feat that he will probably never achieve, namely winning the 4 majors in the same year. But the Spaniard also wants to delay the deadline to see the Serb pass in front of him and his “poto” Roger with 21 Grand Slams.

Moreover, we understand it well when we read the congratulatory post published by Rafa towards Novak after his victory at Wimbledon:

We will note, of course, the subtlety of “20 Grand Slams, it’s incredible, and it’s incredible that there are 3 of us to have achieved this feat. »

All is said. Game on.

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