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‘If you watch a Rafael Nadal match in London, you can see big…’, says top coach

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Despite the difficulties related to the pandemic that hit the whole world, 2020 still had positive implications for Rafael Nadal. The Spanish phenomenon, after missing the trip to the United States and giving up on defending his title at the US Open, defeated the competition at Roland Garros by winning his 13th title in Paris without losing a single set.

Thanks to this success, the former world number 1 crowned a very long chase, equaling Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slams. The 34-year-old Majorcan hoped to finally be able to break the Finals taboo, but his run at the O2 Arena in London came to a halt in the semifinals against a wild Daniil Medvedev.

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Carlos Moya, who has been with Rafa’s team since December 2016, explained that – although the use of sports psychologists has become increasingly common in professional sport – the 20-time Grand Slam champion has learned to handle pressure on his own.

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Carlos Moya on Rafael Nadal
“What I do have to say is that since I’ve been with Rafael Nadal and without knowing if he has resorted to them before, I have never seen him need this (mental coach) kind of help,” Carlos Moya said.

“There are those (players) who have a stronger need (of a mental coach) in this sense, more insecurities. In this sport, the mind plays a very important role. But going back to Rafa, I can assure you that what he does in times of stress he has not learned anywhere.

Nor has he read it or been taught by a psychologist.” Carlos Moya, who won the French Open in 1998, also lauded Rafael Nadal’s use of subtle tactics to one-up his opponents in the modern power-driven game. “There is always room for strategy.

Rafael Nadal is a good example of this because he has a wide range of possibilities in his game and that is to be appreciated when building the points strategically. At a general level we try to adapt to the surfaces and conditions that we face in each tournament,” Moya continued.

Moya cited the recent ATP Finals in London to illustrate how Nadal’s game was very different from the one he deployed to win his 13th French Open just a month earlier. “If you watch a Rafael Nadal match in London, you can see big differences from what he did a month before at Roland Garros.

But it is true that this sense of adaptability and strategy is being lost. Players hit harder each time, the points last less (longer) and depending on the opponent you play against, you hardly have room for strategy during the point,” Moya said.

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‘I expect him to pass Roger Federer’, says top journalist

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Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open for the ninth time in his career and took his eighteenth major last week. The Serbian champion has thus brought himself within two distances of the Slam record of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who are currently at 20.

The Big Three have fueled the passion of the fans and constantly made the world of tennis grow thanks to their talent and their successes. It is therefore no coincidence that the debate on who is the best has become one of the biggest questions.

In a recent interview, renowned American sports journalist Steve Flink revealed that Djokovic would go beyond 20 Grand Slam titles. He also believes that Djoker will easily surpass Federer in near future.

 

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“I think Novak Djokovic’ll go beyond 20,” began Steve Flink.

 

 

“I expect him to pass Roger Federer, I really do. The question to me is how many more Roland Garros does Rafael Nadal win? Because that could be the settling factor. If Rafa wins this year and next year to get to 22, then that means Djokovic has to have four more just to tie.

 

 

If Rafa wins only one of the two or if a miracle happens and he doesn’t win either one, I don’t know. It makes me think that likelihood is that Djokovic and Nadal could end up in a tie or Rafa could end up potentially one ahead of Djokovic.

But, I expect them both to pass Federer,” concluded the American journalist. Roger Federer will return to the court after almost a year. In a situation like this, it’ll definitely be difficult for him to compete with players who are almost half of his age and win Grand Slam titles.

Novak Djokovic recently won his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open 2021. It was the ninth Australian Open title for the Serbian legend, and many experts are even calling him the ‘King of the Melbourne Park’ now.

However, it is not just at the Grand Slams at which he is excelling; he has now achieved another unique feat as well. With his victory at the Australian Open 2021, World No.1 Novak Djokovic has won 82 ATP tournaments so far out of 258.

This is magnificent, as he has a whopping win percentage of 31.78%. He recently surpassed 11-time Grand Slam winner Bjorn Borg, who had a win percentage of 31.73% as he had won 66 tournaments out of 208. Only the Australian legend and 11-time Grand Slam champion Rod Laver has a better win percentage than Djoker from the Open Era players.

Laver won 71 tournaments out of his 211 appearances at ATP events. Thus, he is at the top of the list with a win percentage of 33.64%.

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‘Looked at differently’: Coach’s racism claims about Novak Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic’s coach has let rip at the way World No.1 was treated throughout the last year following his Australian Open title.

Djokovic claimed his 18th Grand Slam title after his incredibly dominant Australian Open title charge last month.

community after he was outspoken on quarantine conditions regarding some players.

This has prompted coach Goran Ivanisevic to liken Djokovic’s treatment, following the ill-fated Adria Tour during the coronavirus pandemic, to the cult horror film a ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’.

He even went as far as to claim an element of the treatment is racist because he comes from Serbia.

“Everything started with the Adria Tour; they were after him even before that, but in the last year it seemed to me as if I am watching that film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” he told Tennis Majors, while laughing.

“Why is he being treated that way? Probably because of his background, people from Balkans are always looked at differently; also, Novak is not afraid to speak his mind and to fight for causes he believes in.”

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At the US Open last year, Djokovic was defaulted after accidentally hitting a ball at a lines judge.

This prompted fierce backlash for the World No.1 after he was eliminated.

But coach Ivanisevic said people wanted to see Djokovic’s downfall at the US Open.

He also said Djokovic was the only one to step up for his current players in Australia.

“What happened at the US Open, it was as if everyone was glad because that kind of s**t happened to him. In Australia he stood up for his fellow players and again – let’s kick Djokovic because he is the only one to speak up, everyone else stays silent,” he said.

He also addressed the latest furore, surrounding Djokovic’s injury halfway through the Australian Open tournament.

Many accused Djokovic of playing up the injury, which occurred during the match against American Taylor Fritz in the Third Round.

But this was preposterous, according to his coach.

He said people accusing Djokovic of an injury was “the saddest thing” and claimed if other players were injured and overcame the problem they would be praised.

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