Coach Carlos Moya addresses Rafael Nadal's 2024 French Open aspirations

Record 14-time French Open champion Nadal set to return to Roland Garros in 2024.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Coach Carlos Moya addresses Rafael Nadal's 2024 French Open aspirations
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Coach Carlos Moya highlighted that Rafael Nadal always wants to do well at Roland Garros but also noted that there are six months until the French Open and they first have to see how the Spaniard does in his first few months.

Nadal, a record 14-time Grand Slam champion, didn't defend his title at Roland Garros this year due to a hip injury. After not playing any tournaments since the Australian Open, Nadal is set to play his first tournament in 12 months at the Brisbane International in the first week of the new season.

Ahead of his comeback, Nadal has been insisting that his expectations are humble and that he "just aspires" to be competitive. "It is clear that Roland Garros has always been his favorite tournament and in this case nothing changes.

It is also clear that there are six months left, we have to see how he gets there, we have to see the matches he will play, his level, his competitiveness. There are many unknowns that time will clear up, but it is clear that Roland Garros is a tournament that he is very excited about, like the entire clay court season, which is his favorite time of year," Moya told ATP Tour Espanol.

Moya on if Nadal can still surprise him

After missing the second part of 2021, Nadal returned in 2022 by winning back-to-back Slam titles at the Australian Open and French Open. But even before that, Nadal had a long history of making successful post-injury comebacks.

Ahead of Nadal's 2024 comeback, Moya was asked if Nadal can still surprise him in any way. "You can't be surprised by anything. You really can't be surprised at all. The truth is that being with him I have seen unthinkable and otherworldly things and why not? He is still Rafa Nadal, we know which player we are with," Moya said.

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