Novak Djokovic told long-time rival Rafael Nadal not to be panicked into sacking his uncle Toni as coach in a bid to salvage his faltering career. US legend John McEnroe said he believed Nadal needs to cut the cord with Toni, who has guided Nadal to 14 Grand Slam titles, if he wants to return to the top of the sport following the Spaniard’s second round Wimbledon exit to German qualifier Dustin Brown. But Djokovic believes such a move could backfire on Nadal.
“I don’t see a big reason for this to happen. I think he’s going to answer better. But from what I’ve seen, he’s saying it’s not necessary,” said Djokovic. “He has won 14 Grand Slam titles. He’s one of the best players in the game with his uncle Toni who has been with him for his entire career.”