Former Swiss tennis player Marc Rosset assures that Novak Djokovic's breakup with Marian Vajda cannot be compared to that of Rafael Nadal with Uncle Toni. In an interview with rts.ch, Rosset said that he is curious to see how Djokovic will fare after parting ways with his longtime coach Marian Vajda. Djokovic still works with Goran Ivanisevic, who has been in his corner since 2019. After the 2017 season, Nadal parted ways with uncle Toni. Nadal has been working with Carlos Moyá ever since and has continued to have success at the Grand Slams since the breakup with Tío Toni. "Yes, but Moyá has always been Rafa's older brother. They have a bond for several years as well, the fact that Carlos helped the young Nadal at the time. Their relationship is a continuation of what was done with Toni. You can't compare it to Djokovic," Rosset told rts.ch. Last year, Uncle Toni gave an interesting interview, in which he opened up about why he thought Moyá was the perfect match for Nadal. "I still remember the last conversation I had with Rafael Nadal at the end of the 2016 season. It was just him and me at that time and I took the opportunity to give him a speech. I told him that he could no longer run like before, so he had to be more aggressive, get to the net more and absolutely improve his serve."
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Rafa Nadal
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina was only a teenager when Rafael Nadal beat Albert Ramos Vinolas in the final of the 2017 Monte-Carlo Masters to win a 10th title at the event. "Last year, I made it to the quarterfinals and I had to retire with no crowd, no nothing, it was so sad. This year I had my first match on center court already with a full crowd. You know, it's different," Alejandro Davidovich Fokina said. "For me, it's different to play here from the rest of tournaments, because I was watching TV every year, Rafael Nadal when he beat [Albert] Ramos [Vinolas], and I thought I wanted to be there one day playing with the top players too." An overjoyed Davidovich Fokina remarked that he was just "so happy" to finally have the opportunity to take on the crème de la crème of the ATP tour under optimum conditions. "I had a lot of emotions playing here because since I was a kid, I was watching this tournament. It's just enjoyable and I'm so happy to be here and beating the strongest guys on tour right now, it's like, "Wow, I can be there too,"" he said.
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