Coach Carlos Moya is optimistic the addition of Marc Lopez to Rafael Nadal's team will only bring positive results. In the offseason, 20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal decided to strengthen his team as he added the former doubles world No.
3 to coaching staff. Nadal and Lopez have known each other for a long time and they have a good relationship. Nadal and Lopez won gold medal in the men's doubles event at the 2016 Tokyo Olympics. "It’s always good to change the team, to find people that can add something.
Marc is someone who knows Rafa well and knows a lot about tennis. It’s a new and different voice, he can contribute his knowledge. Relationships between a team and a player take their toll and it’s good to have new people to say something different.
I really believe in that, and I’m convinced that Marc can do it. He’s a very good addition and he’ll be with us in Melbourne. Francis [Roig] will also be there, as he has been until now," Moya told the ATP website.
Nadal makes a positive start to 2022
On Sunday, Nadal beat American qualifier Maxime Cressy 7-6 (6) 6-3 in the Melbourne Summer Set final. “This court has always been very, very special for me,” Nadal said. “The Rod Laver Arena is very, very special for everyone and it is more special because of you guys.
You guys are a great crowd and I can’t thank you enough”. After the final, Cressy showed his class and spoke highly of former world No. 1 Nadal. "Congrats to Rafa for an incredible performance today. I know it’s not easy playing a serve-and-volleyer these days, especially now that they’re gone, but it’s been an incredible honor to play against you and I’m super thrilled for you," Cressy said after the final, as revealed by Reem Abulleil.