PARIS: Rafael Nadal lifted the French Open trophy for an 11th time Sunday - and this time without the guidance of Uncle Toni.
For Toni Nadal, who stopped coaching his nephew at the end of last season, the experience wasn't that different.
"I was in the same seat," he said after watching Nadal beat Dominic Thiem in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. "When I coached Rafael, it looked like a coach, but I was more an uncle."
Nadal is now coached by former French Open champion Carlos Moya. That did not prevent his uncle from delivering some tactical advice ahead of the final.
"I told him he needed to hit the ball very high and try to come inside the court. Because if you stay behind the baseline against Dominic, he can take advantage of it," Toni Nadal said.
"He managed to do it well."