Former world’s no.1 Carlos Moya shares his insight on Rafael Nadal and his future plans, including the rumor of a possible coaching change in the wake of the Spaniard’s first-round exit at the 2016 Australian Open.
Moya, who has developed a closed-knit relationship with Nadal, believes his friend will end his career with Toni Nadal at the helm, adding he never imagined him playing without his uncle in his box.
“I’m convinced Rafa will end his career with Toni and with the same team that’s been around him for years. I know Rafa well and I think he’d think it unfair to separate himself from Toni because things aren’t going so well. I’ve never looked to be a part of his team.”
For the last two years, Moya has been linked to a possible coaching gig with Nadal mainly because their relationship. However, the former French Open winner cleared that he never entertained any idea on coaching Nadal.
We’re good friends, we often eat together, and we trained together at Christmas. That’s all,” Moya stressed in an interview with L’Equipe via Tennis World USA.
Moya, who is currently coaching Canadian rising star Milos Raonic, also firmly believes Nadal’s Grand Slam window hasn’t yet closed, stressing that all he needs is to focus and start getting comfortable under pressure.
“Of course I believe that. He’s not yet thirty. He needs to improve in certain areas and he knows that. He works. It’s a normal process: first of all, you try the new things in practice, and then you apply them in a match, under pressure, and then you don’t think about them any more.”
Coming off his worst season, Nadal opened his 2016 campaign with a shocking loss to compatriot Fernando Verdasco in the first round. That stunning exit triggered speculations about Nadal hanging his racket for good, but the Spaniard made it clear that retirement is far from his mind.
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