Strength and conditioning coach Eric Hernandez thinks Daniil Medvedev is the best mover on the tour and adds it's impressive how Rafael Nadal moves at the age of 35. Medvedev, ranked at No. 2 in the world, has been working with Hernandez since 2014 and the Russian has since become one of the best physically best prepared players on the tour.
Nadal, who will be turning 36 in June, has always been exceptionally prepared as his game style required an outstanding readiness. "I am really focused on the legs and the movement of the legs, because it is the most important thing for me.
It is not easy to give you someone [other than Daniil Medvedev] because, for me, he is maybe the best when it comes to moving on the court," Hernandez said on The Functional Tennis Podcast, per Sportskeeda. "Someone like [Rafael] Nadal [is great too].
He is a legend of the sport and he can move amazingly even though he is old."
Nadal beat Medvedev in the Australian Open final
This past January, Nadal edged out Medvedev in a historic Australian Open final to win a record 21st Grand Slam title.
Nadal appeared to be done but recovered from two sets down to beat Medvedev 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5 after five hours and 24 minutes of play. Unfortunately, both Nadal and Medvedev were forced to skip the start of the clay season.
Nadal is recovering from a stress fracture in one of his ribs but he could return in Madrid in early May. On the other side, Medvedev could miss the entire clay season as he is recovering from a sports hernia surgery. "Hi everyone.
The last months I have been playing with a small hernia. Together with my team I have decided to have a small procedure done to fix the problem. I will likely be out for the next 1 - 2 months and will work hard to be back on court soon. Thanks for all the support," Medvedev announced on April 2.