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‘Rafa had three main goals’ – Former coach reveals the secrets behind Rafael Nadal success

Toni Nadal has reveled the three areas that Rafael Nadal focused on improving as part of his plans to become the best tennis player in the world.

Rafael Nadal, who will take the world number one spot from Novak Djokovic on November 4, was coached by his uncle Toni from a very young age before current coach Carlos Moya took over.

And now, Toni has explained the three key priciples that have helped his nephew’s trademark aggression manifest.

“I was tough, sometimes too tough, because I loved him a lot,” Toni Nadal said when speaking to the Motivation and Entrepreneurship Forum on Friday.

“I knew, and I know, that life is not easy and every person needs to be responsible. An excuse never made us win a match.

“Rafa grew thinking of making a bit more effort every time. He grew with three main goals: hitting the ball stronger, placing it where the opponent is not there and making him fall on court.

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“The great goal we set was not to win Wimbledon or Roland Garros, because it was a goal that did not depend on us totally.

“What was up to us was to improve. It was the big goal of my nephew, knowing that improving was possible and that he could be a great professional since a young age.”

Rafael Nadal currently holds 19 Grand Slam tites, one behind his great rival Roger Federer.

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.