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Nadal has many more years at the top: Moya
September 14, 2017
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Madrid: Rafa Nadal can compete at the top level for years to come if he managed to stay healthy, his coach Carlos Moya has said after the Spaniard won two grand slams titles this year.

Former world number one Moya 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.

Plagued by injuries and a loss of form in the past two years, Nadal 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 said.

“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.”

Speaking to the El Pais newspaper, Nadal stressed that for all of his titles, he is a normal person, reports Xinhua news agency.

“When I’m at home I lead a normal life... I’m just like any other person, like any of my friends,” he said, saying his ‘normality’ was vital.

“That is what matters the most to me, much more than achievements in sport. Human success is more important to me: having friends, having a good relationship with the people around you, having the people who know you say good things about you... That’s the most important thing of all,” continued the tennis star who said that above trophies and titles “what matters the most is being a good person.”

Titles can “bring you a lot of happiness and a lot of adrenaline and a lot of satisfaction, but in the long run, happiness comes from many other things,” he insisted.

However, Nadal admitted that what he does best is play tennis, “we should all be aware of our own limitations, and I tend to know my own quite well,” he said.

When asked if he had any worries, Nadal said all he worried about were “the basic things in life, like health -- not so much in terms of injuries but more like illnesses.”

And he admitted that the time will come when he has to stop playing, but was confident that his love of sport in general will help him cope.

“It will happen when things don’t go so well... that will be the time to think about doing something else. I’m lucky to be passionate about sport in general, not just tennis, both as a fan and as a player. I’ve often said that when the time comes, there will be many other things to make me very happy,” he concluded.

Agencies

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