Coach Carlos Moya says he has always had a high opinion about Rafael Nadal's IQ and decision making. Nadal, 35, is one of the most accomplished players in tennis history and his strong mental game is one of the key reasons behind his success.
Nadal's outstanding mental strength was at its best during the Australian Open final, when Nadal recovered from two sets down to beat world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev in the final. “What Rafa is looking for is to be competitive and continue to evolve," Moya said, as quoted on Tennis Up To Dare, "It is true that over time you lose physique, speed or explosiveness, but you are smarter and handle situations better.
I always said that Rafa is one of the most intelligent players on the court, one of those who read the games best, the one who is most suited to having a Plan B, a Plan C… “
Nadal made history in Melbourne
Coach Moya says the whole team was avoiding to talk about a potential 21st Grand Slam title during the Australian Open.
In the end, Nadal won the Australian Open and broke the all-time Grand Slam record. "What I can assure you is that in Australia we never talked about #21. Although it was on the horizon, you knew it could happen. Talking about it would have meant more pressure than he already had.
We do not feed that debate, we leave it to the press and the tennis fans. Rafa is happy with what he has, he will be just as happy if he finishes with 21 and Djokovic with 25. It’s not good to obsess; yes get motivated Obviously, he is not going to give up on 22, if the opportunity arises he will fight for him, but it is a debate that, with all of them still active, does not make much sense”.
After winning the Australian Open, Nadal returned to Spain. Nadal is expected to return to action at next week's ATP event in Acapulco.