There was a day when Toni Nadal discovered Novak Djokovic. He was barely 18 and already showing up.
At Wimbledon 2005, an 18-year-old Serb was introduced to the world as one of the greatest talents of the future. By making his tournament debut, he had not yet made it to the Top 100.
Toni Nadal only needed a few points to appreciate his talent. The coach of the Roland Garros champion, crowned a few weeks earlier in Paris, veered on his way to the locker room to make a quick visit to court 18, where the Argentinean Juan Monaco, the training partner and habitual friend of his nephew, played against a player I’ve never seen before.
– “Who is that boy?” Toni asked.
– “He is 18 and 100 and a little in the world,” was the reply.
-“What her name?” Toni insisted.
– “Novak Djokovic”.
Toni Nadal engraved the name in his memory and made a famous statement to Rafa that would be prophetic: “Rafael, we have a problem. I just saw a very good boy, “said Toni, according to the official ATP website.
Later, they heard the news that the Serb, still unknown to the public, had beaten Monaco 6-3, 7-6 (5) and 6-3. And already in second, he came back a 6-3, 6-3, 5-3 against Guillermo García López, who also had a match point. And the rest is history…