Strength and conditioning coach Eric Hernandez believes that Daniil Medvedev is the best mover on tour and adds that it's impressive how Rafael Nadal moves at 35 years old. Medvedev, ranked No. 2 in the world, has been working with Hernández since 2014 and the Russian has since become one of the best physically prepared players on tour.
Nadal, who will turn 36 in June, has always prepared exceptionally well, as his style of play requires extraordinary preparation. "I am very focused on the legs and the movement of the legs, because it is the most important thing for me.
It is not easy to hit someone [other than Daniil Medvedev] because, for me, he is perhaps the best when it comes to movement. on the court," Hernandez said on Sportskeeda's The Functional Tennis Podcast. "Someone like [Rafael] Nadal [is great too].
He is a legend of the sport and he can move unbelievably even though he is older." Last January, Nadal bested Medvedev in a historic Australian Open final to win a record 21st Grand Slam title.
Nadal has been out of action since Indian Wells
Former World No.
10 Arnaud Clement has spoken of how he finds it "extraordinary" that Rafael Nadal has always been "extremely polite." "What I find extraordinary about Rafa is that he has always been a player, with his entourage, [who is] extremely polite," Clement said.
"He always comes to say hello, he comes to shake hands as he wins Grand Slams, tournaments every week, Masters 1000 all the time. I don't remember where it was, the day after one of his big victories, we were in the hotel lobby and then he sees me, our eyes meet, I make him a small gesture to greet him and then he crosses the whole hall to shake my hand."
The Frenchman also admitted that he would find it difficult to act like the Mallorcan if he were in his position. "I've always found that extraordinary," Clement added. "I said to myself 'You, Arnaud, I think that you are a rather healthy person, but if you were ever going through the same thing as what he is going through, would you have crossed the hall or been that you would have simply made a small gesture of the hand or the head?' I think I know the answer.
Rafael Nadal is extraordinary, he is exceptionally simple." Meanwhile, Nadal has been out of action since his Indian Wells final defeat against Taylor Fritz. The 35-year-old is suffering from a rib injury and has already missed the Miami Open, the Monte Carlo Masters, and the Barcelona Open.