Carlos Moya speaks out on Rafael Nadal
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Rafael Nadal was forced to leave Wimbledon without having the opportunity to compete. The Spanish champion, after the match he won against Taylor Fritz, underwent instrumental tests that showed a 7 mm tear in the abdominal muscle.
No one had managed to beat Nadal in a Major in 2022 before the Us Open. To stop her incredible positive streak, we thought of one of the best versions of Frances Tiafoe, who obtained the most important victory of her career by expressing a very high level of play.
The American defeated Nadal with a score of 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-3 and in the quarter-finals he will find Andrey Rublev on the other side of the net. The Russian kicked out seven-seeded Cameron Norrie from the tournament.
Moya and Rafael Nadal's first week at the US Open
Carlos Moya, the Spaniard's coach, talked about the changes made to the serve to prevent a new abdominal injury: "Rafa made the correct decision by not playing in the Wimbledon semi-finals.
His health comes first, because if he is well he is still competitive in all tournaments. We changed the movement to serve, because there was a high risk of relapse for abdominal injury. On these fields he can work very well: his serve has not lost speed and the rebound that the ball acquires is effective.
First position in the Atp ranking? It would be nice to get back to the top of the ATP rankings. But the most important thing is to take care of your body and be competitive in Grand Slam tournaments. The main thing for him is to play calmly.
He has the level, but in difficult times he can get messy. This is why the important thing is to play calmly." Between Nadal and the first position in the world ranking there are only Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud. The Spaniard and the Norwegian will have the great opportunity to leave New York looking down on everyone.