Nadal unsure about another major title, loyal to Toni

Thu Dec 10, 2015 6:22am EST
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By Amlan Chakraborty

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Spaniard Rafa Nadal remains fiercely loyal to his uncle and coach Toni despite saying he does not know when, or even if, he will win another grand slam title.

Former world number one Nadal failed to add to his 14 major titles this year as he missed out on any of the sport's four grand slams for the first time since 2004.

The 29-year-old endured a difficult year and slumped to 10th in the rankings in June, although he showed glimpses of his old power in the latter weeks of the season, beating world number four Stanislas Wawrinka and number two Andy Murray at the ATP World Tour Finals and finishing the year ranked five.

"I don't know when that's going to happen and I don't know if that's going to happen," Nadal, currently in New Delhi to represent the Indian Aces in the International Premier Tennis League, told reporters on Thursday.

The likes of seven-times grand slam champion John McEnroe have suggested Nadal could use the help of a new coach, but the Mallorcan seems unlikely to go down that route.

"Without Toni, nothing would have been possible," he said. "I feel so lucky that I have somebody from my family that is my coach for ever. That's a big advantage in my opinion.

Toni's response was a light-hearted one.

"It's not my decision, his decision. No, maybe he needs the best coach, but I am not too expensive," he said.   Continued...

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Spain's Rafael Nadal and coach Toni Nadal during practice
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