Rafa Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya believes that the Spaniard can compete for years at the top provided he stay healthy.
Nadal has already won two grand slams titles this year. Moya, who is a former world number one, joined Nadal’s coaching team to work alongside his uncle Toni Nadal in December last year and has helped revitalise the 31-year-old Spaniard’s career. Nadal hasn’t been faring well owing to injuries and a loss of form in the past two years.
However, he has risen to number one in the rankings and won his 10th French Open title and third US Open this year. He lost to his great rival Roger Federer in the Australian Open final.
“If he can stay as healthy as he is now, without injury, motivated, looking after himself the way he is, we will be talking about Rafa for years to come,” Moya told the ATP Tour website (www.atpworldtour.com).
”He is a player who broke records as a teenager and who is now breaking them as a veteran as well. This is something we haven’t see much in the history of tennis.
“When I joined the team I knew that there was much more to come for Rafa, that if he stayed injury free and continued training with the same motivation, desire and confidence, that the tennis would come.”
Moya, who shares a close friendship with Nadal, said nothing about his compatriot would surprise him anymore.
“…He always gives the best of himself. We are talking about one of the greatest players in history and, as such, my faith in him is rock solid.”