'Rafael Nadal was facing a great opportunity in his career', says top coach


'Rafael Nadal was facing a great opportunity in his career', says top coach

Last year, beating Barbora Krejcikova in the final, Garbine Muguruza conquered the WTA tournament in Dubai expressing an excellent level of play. After the disappointment gained at the Australian Open, where she left the first Grand Slam of the year in the second round, the Spaniard will return to the field in Dubai and will face one of the players coming from the qualifiers on her debut.

If she wins, Muguruza could then find Victoria Azarenka in her path, but she will have to beat Veronika Kudermetova's competition in the first round. “The title won last year in Dubai meant a lot to me. It was a very strange tournament.

I reached Dubai at the last minute, because I had played the final in Doha, without a large part of my team. It was still a great experience and it was worth it. He gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season," Muguruza explained at the press conference.

"It was disappointing to lose in the second round in Australia. I told myself I had to change a few things. I started training even harder and preparing for this tour on hardcourt. It's always disappointing to lose so early in a Grand Slam, but you have to move on.

. Now I'm in Dubai. It's a good tournament and I have to concentrate to get another good result. "The Spaniard finally commented on the success achieved by Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open. The Majorcan overtook Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the race for the Grand Slam record by winning the twenty-first Major in his career.

"Nadal's victory against Medvedev? It was an incredible final. I remember seeing the match at different times, considering that the course of the match changed constantly. It was an unforgettable match."

Moya joined Nadal's coaching team in 2016

In a recent interview with Onda Cero, Rafael Nadal's coach Carlos Moya spoke highly about how his charge was able to take his first chance to win a 21st Slam.

Pointing out how Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic stumbled at the finish line in their own attempts, Moya claimed that Nadal was able to "control his nerves" under pressure and "seize his chance". "What's amazing is how he seized his chance," Moya said.

"Roger had two match points to win the 21st Grand Slam and could not convert them. Novak couldn't resist the pressure and played one of the worst matches in years in the final of the US Open 2021. But Rafa was able to recover from a bad start and control his nerves, while knowing that he was facing a great opportunity in his career."

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