Legendary tennis coach Jose Higueras says one of the most impressive things about Rafael Nadal is how he keeps everything so simple. Higueras, 68, knows how it feels to coach a great champion, having worked in the past with the likes of Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Carlos Moya.
Nadal, 35, is one of greatest competitors in tennis history but he always keeps it simple on the court. Nadal found himself in an extremely difficult spot in the Australian Open final but he kept it simple and worked his way back into the final and in the end won the title.
World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev was up by two sets, had a 3-2 lead in the third set and three consecutive break points in the sixth game before Nadal stormed back to win in five sets. "The thing I like most about Rafa is how simple he keeps everything," Higueras said on the latest episode of Holding Court with Patrick McEnroe podcast, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
"The simplicity of what he does is really amazing to me, [because I have an] understanding of how complicated it is to compete at that level with all the pressure that is there."
Higueras drops more praise on Nadal
Nadal, 35, proved that he is still capable of playing at the highest possible level.
Higueras says being a complete player has played a big role in Nadal's success.
"I would say that now, at this point, Rafa is, if not the most complete, definitely at the top of the list of the most complete players," Higueras said.
"Basically, if you look at him, he will do something a little bit better every time - either something you haven't seen him do before, or if you have seen him do it before, he is actually doing it better now."
Nadal returned to home following his Australian Open victory. Nadal is expected to return to action next week in Acapulco.