Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni cracks Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic retirement joke

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have been advised to retire and spend more time with their families by Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni.

Federer and Djokovic both have young families with four and two children respectively.

But that has not prevented them from staying at the top of the men’s game as they manage work and personal life balance.

In contrast, Nadal only got married to his long-time girlfriend Xisca Perello last month in a lavish ceremony and they do not have any kids.

Nadal, Djokovic and Federer have enjoyed a phenomenal rivalry over the years but speaking at a conference at the Valencia Job Fair, Toni joked to the audience that it would be good for his nephew if they stepped aside.

He said: “Federer is a guy who is older, is 38 years and has four children.

“What he has to do is be more with his family and not playing.

“And if he told Djokovic, who has two children, their families and Rafael would appreciate it.”

Recently, Federer spoke about the impact his family have on his future and hailed his wife Mirka for her influence.

“I think that’s the secret to make it work,” Federer said.

“Some other players don’t have family and so forth. So it is pretty straight forward, it is fairly simple.

“When I book flight tickets, we are sometimes buying ten tickets, 25 bags, convoy of cars, everything becomes so massive and so huge, which is fun but at the same time can be draining.

“It is a huge task. My wife chips in a lot of energy and a lot of know-how because she has also done it for over 20 years.

“So we need to be very careful and clever with my wife. How many tournaments to play, which one to play, where to take the kids, because you don’t want to miss a beat and then later you actually have a lot of regrets.

“As long as the kids have had a good time on the tour, it is also OK for me to continue playing.

“The moment I feel they are growing unhappy with the travelling I would obviously leave them at home more but it would also have an impact on my schedule because my family is my No. 1 priority, it’s always been clear for me.”

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