Rafael Nadal’s poor form is nothing to worry about ahead of Roland Garros, says uncle Toni

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People should not read too much into Rafael Nadal’s relatively poor performances in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona, says his uncle and former coach Toni Nadal.

Nadal’s aura of invincibility on clay has slipped a little of late after losing at the semi-final stage in both of those tournaments.

However, Uncle Toni does not see cause for concern.

“I think you should not be too worried,” Toni is quoted as saying on Tennis World. “After many years, you take it being calm.

“In Monte-Carlo he played pretty bad against Fabio Fognini, he had played in a normal way before. There he had a bad day.

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“Then in Barcelona, when you are coming from a loss you are always a bit nervous. In his match loss, Thiem was a bit above him, he had to serve better, needed to be more prepared.”

Nadal is going for an unprecedented 12th French Open title this year, and Toni does not think any of Rafeal’s results from the last couple of weeks should alter the fact he will be considered the overwhelming favourite in Paris.

“I think the level will be good in the remaining clay tournaments,” he added.

“He has had a very good career. We cannot always ask him much more. I see him well, being calmer, but with the desire of winning in Madrid. And especially in the French Open.”

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