'Rafael Nadal is one who reads the games best', says top coach

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'Rafael Nadal is one who reads the games best', says top coach

World No. 6 Matteo Berrettini says there is no answer to the question of who is bigger between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Berrettini hasn't had much against either of them, as he has beaten Djokovic and Nadal in some big matches.

"I swear, there is no answer," Berrettini told Pa Repubblica, according to Sportskeeda. "After all, I have lost many times against both of them. Nadal is [left-handed] and he takes you where he wants, giving you the impression that he lets you play more and in the end he beats you.

Djokovic just disables you, it's a great counter. The two of them, along with Federer, are the best tennis players of all time, sublime athletes. This is enough to understand what it means to have them in front of you."

"It's just a matter of time, it will pass," Berrettini said. "The same thing happened with Nadal, at the beginning. People said: 'But he looks like that, he plays with the (long) capri pants.' And the crowd cheered for [Pete] Sampras, for [Andre] Agassi, not for the new champions who would also become legends."

World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev was extremely frustrated at the lack of support he received in the Australian Open final. Most of the crowd wanted Nadal to win and Medvedev was not happy about it. "I understand people who love myths, I don't feel upset on the court [by fans who support the 'Big Three' in games]," Berrettini continued.

Nadal received a colossal amount of warmth

In a recent interview with Punto de Break, Rafael Nadal's coach Carlos Moya claimed the Spaniard would be "happy" with 21 Majors even if he is overtaken by Novak Djokovic in the Grand Slam race.

"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 the 22, if the opportunity arises he will fight for it, but it is a debate that, with all of them still active, does not make much sense," said Moya.

“What Rafa is looking for is to be competitive and continue to evolve. It is true that over time you lose physique, speed or explosiveness, but you are smarter and handle situations better. I always say that Rafa is one of the most intelligent players, one who reads the games best, the one who is most suited to having a Plan B, a Plan C…That is the adrenaline that he has inside, to see that he can still fight with the best in the world," concluded Moya.