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Moya addition to coaching team is breath of fresh air: Nadal

September 27, 2017 14:25 IST

Team Nadal (Left to Right): Agent Carlos Costa, physio Rafael Maymo,coach Carlos Moya,Rafael Nadal, coach Toni Nadal and PR Benito Perez Barbadillo

IMAGE: Team Nadal (Left to Right): Agent Carlos Costa, physio Rafael Maymo,coach Carlos Moya,Rafael Nadal, coach Toni Nadal and PR Benito Perez Barbadillo. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

World No 1 Rafael Nadal says the addition of compatriot Carlos Moya to his coaching team has added freshness and positive energy to the Spaniard's training routine.

Moya, a former world number one, joined Nadal's team to work with his uncle Toni Nadal last December and has helped revitalise the 31-year-old'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.

"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," Nadal told Spanish newspaper El Espanol.

 

"It has been a breath of fresh air, positive energy. We have changed the way we practice and for Toni it has been also good."

 Nadal listens to coaches Toni Nadal,left, and Carlos Moya during a practice session 

IMAGE: Nadal listens to coaches Toni Nadal,left, and Carlos Moya during a practice session. Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Nadal said Moya came on board and studied his daily practice sessions before offering specific ideas on how he could improve his game.

"When someone new arrives, it's easier to listen because it's something different. For Toni, having Carlos's reinforcement when he had to talk to me, has made everything much easier."

Toni had said earlier this year he intended to step down from his role at the end of the season and Nadal praised his efforts working with Moya and Francisco Roig.

"They have been a great team and I am very satisfied with their job, with the three of them,” he said.

Nadal will play in Beijing and Shanghai next month as he looks to secure the year-end number one ranking and winning his first ATP Finals title.

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