Carlos Moya’s recent interview sheds light on Rafael Nadal’s comeback and highlights the future of the Spaniard.
Rafael Nadal has made an impressive return after a year-long hiatus from tennis at the 2024 Brisbane International. He outplayed 2020 US Open winner Dominic Thiem in the first round and Jason Kubler in the second round.
Rafael Nadal’s coach Moya in a recent interview with Eurosport, stated that his performance so far has been better than expected, and believes that the Spaniard will reach his best version in March or April.
Moya emphasized the idea that Nadal needs more matches to gain his confidence and rhythm and feels that this time it is not the same for the 37-year-old Nadal with recent surgery and fatherhood.
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He believes that Nadal will make gradual progress and has set the ultimate goal of being 100% fit for the 2024 French Open. He mentioned that there are chances that Nadal might reach his best level sooner than expected, considering his ability to do miracles.
“The idea is to be 100% for Roland Garros. Maybe it will be sooner, maybe this week(laughs). With Rafa you never know. He gets his magic from who knows where, that’s why he is Rafa.”–Carlos Moya in an interview with Eurosport
Rafael Nadal has won the French Open a record 14 times and has a 112-3 win-loss record which is one of the greatest achievements in tennis. His most recent title came in 2022 where he defeated Casper Ruud in the final.
Toni Nadal expresses confidence in Rafael Nadal’s prospects against challenging opponents
Rafael Nadal‘s comeback after a year of inactivity has elevated the expectations of his fans. Winning his first two matches in straight sets at the 2024 Brisbane International is a positive sign for the 22-time Grand Slam champion.
His uncle Toni Nadal in a recent interview stated that he is playing at a good level and is optimistic of his performance against tougher opponents in the upcoming rounds.
“Rafa can be very happy because the level he is showing is good enough. It’s an exciting start, but we have to see him in more difficult games. At the moment, things are going almost better than we expected.”-Toni Nadal in an interview with Onda Cero Mallorca