Rafael Nadal: Carlos Moya a ‘breath of fresh air’


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World number one Rafael Nadal insists the addition of Carlos Moya to his coaching team has helped him to find a new lease of life in 2017.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion endured a tough couple of years in 2015 and 2016 as he struggled with injuries.

The 31-year-old took the decision to end his 2016 campaign early to allow himself time to get back to full fitness while he also switched up his coaching team.

Former world number one Moya was drafted in to help Nadal return to his former glories and the change has had the desired effect.

Nadal, who is priced at 4.20 to win the 2018 Australian Open, has triumphed at the French Open and US Open this season to help him return to top spot in the world rankings under the tutelage of his compatriot.

The 2008 Olympic gold medallist has piled the praise on Moya and feels he deserves a lot of credit for guiding him back to the top.

Nadal said: “Carlos has been a great support. He came with excitement and also the belief that with a few things, I could improve my results. “And it has helped.

It has been a breath of fresh air, positive energy. We have changed the way we practice and for Toni (Nadal’s uncle and coach) it has been also good. “When someone new arrives, it’s easier to listen because it’s something different.

For Toni, having Carlos’ reinforcement when he had to talk to me has made everything much easier.”

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