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Rafael Nadal retirement fears dispelled by uncle Toni after 'last French Open' comments

Nadal sparked retirement fears as he looked ahead to Tuesday’s quarter-final with Djokovic, saying: “Being honest, every match that I play here I do not know if it will be the last match here in Roland Garros in my tennis career. That is my situation now. I went through a tough process again with my foot.”

But his uncle Toni, who served as his coach until 2018 and now mentors Felix Auger-Aliassime – the man Nadal beat in five sets during the fourth-round – has shared his hope that his nephew will still return to the French Open again. Speaking to Onda Cero about the tournament’s decision to schedule Djokovic and Nadal as the night session, he said: “It is more logical that it was played during the day but I am confident that this will not be his last Roland Garros.”

But the 61-year-old sounded less certain when the 13-time French Open champion’s comments about his “last match” in Paris were put to him. “I hope so but I don’t know,” he confessed. “I haven’t talked about it more than necessary with him. I hope he controls his problems and continues playing for some more time.”

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