There are moments in life that remain etched in the mind and one of them experienced it Toni Nadal in Wimbledon 2005. Uncle’s Rafael Nadal, who landed at the London tournament just over a month after adding his first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, he was walking the facilities of the All England Lawn Tennis Club on the first day of competition, when he realized that he was competing on court 18 your nephew’s close friend, Juan Monaco, against an 18-year-old Serbian youth.
“I didn’t know who he was, I never saw him play and I asked about him. They told me he was 18 years old, he was Serbian and he was already in the top 100,” recalls Toni. It must be remembered that Djokovic was 128 in the world at the time and had barely made himself known on the ATP circuit. “I watched the game for five minutes and went straight to the locker room to talk to my nephew. As soon as I arrived I told him ‘Rafael, we have a problem. I just saw a very very good boy,'” says Toni in words collected on the web. ATP.
That game would end up falling on the side of Novak, who in the next would be measured at Guillermo García-López, in what was one of the most unforgettable moments throughout his entire career in Wimbledon. And it is that on the scoreboard there was a 6-3 6-3 5-3 40-30 in favor of the Spanish player, but everything changed in a few moments. “It was incredible, I had the game won. With a game point I hit a serve to the T, I had a comfortable right hand and adjusted to the line. I celebrated the victory when the referee corrected and said it was bad. Then I was 6-5 and 40-0 with my serve. I still don’t know how it escaped me, “remembers the one from La Roda.
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“He never gave up, you saw that he had a lot of potential, he was very solid both on the right and backhand. That being so young I traced that game back, showed that he was a born competitor. He had impressive agility and it was clear that he trusted a lot itself, “recalls a Guillermo García-López who would end up losing by 3-6 3-6 7-6 85) 7-6 (4) 6-4, although Novak Djokovic would be eliminated in the third round by Grosjean. What is evident is that the Balkan possessed that great player aura that only a select few possess, and Toni Nadal He knew how to see her and anticipate the problems that were coming for his nephew, with a memorable rivalry.