Toni Nadal: Rafa must choose his coach

Amid suggestions that Rafael Nadal needs a new coaching team, his uncle and coach Toni Nadal has said that it's up to the Spaniard to decide what's best for him.

Toni Nadal has overseen his nephew's progress throughout his career, and the partnership has reaped significant rewards, with Nadal winning 14 singles grand slam titles and a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics.

However, the former world number one has struggled in recent years, with injuries and indifferent form seeing him drop down the pecking order. While he has claimed three titles this season, Nadal has floundered in the big events and failed to make it to the semi-finals of any of the year's four grand slams.

Despite this, Toni Nadal believes that while the world number six's season was not his best, it was not a complete disaster, and he dismissed suggestions that Nadal has lost the motivation to compete at the highest level.

"The season wasn't as positive as we were wishing, there have been ups and downs. We finished the year much better than how we began it, it hasn't been a disaster" Toni told Radio 4G.

He added: "He was hoping all the time, he had lost confidence, but now he's found it again because he saw that he can play against the biggest players and play good matches against Federer and Wawrinka."

As for Nadal's coaching set-up, Toni still believes that he is the best man for the job, but that Rafa must make a decision on the matter.

"Rafa has to take this decision. I've my opinion, but the last word is up to him," he said.