Mouratoglou believes Rafael Nadal can still beat 95% of tennis players in activity

Serena Williams' former coach believes the legendary Spaniard's current condition is enough to beat most players on the Tour

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Mouratoglou believes Rafael Nadal can still beat 95% of tennis players in activity
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We all know why Rafael Nadal is one of the greatest sportsmen and tennis players ever. An opinion that does not change, not even after the physical problems that characterized the last two years of his glorious career. This year the Spanish champion returned to the court, but physical problems plagued him in 2024. At Roland Garros, although a strong motivation, Rafa was eliminated in the first round by Alexander Zverev.

Now, with the Paris Olympics on the horizon, French coach Patrick Mouratoglou has revealed how Nadal can still beat 95% of active tennis players. Serena Williams' former coach, in an interview with Tennis Majors, said he was optimistic towards the Spaniard, even sharing an opinion on the possibility that Rafa could still win something important, analyzing the match the Spaniard lost against Zverev in Paris.

"Everyone thought that this could be Rafa's last match, that he was no longer ready to compete at this level, but all these statements are totally wrong. What I saw was the opposite, I saw a player who now feels good, who knows he can still compete. I think the match with Zverev made him understand that he can return to the highest level, even if he lost in three sets. About the little time he had to train and prepare, the quality of tennis he managed to produce was very high, but he lost due to a lack of consistency, which is normal when you come from a period of ups and downs," he explained.

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The French coach then analyzed that Nadal, despite the difficulties shown in 2024, can still beat a good part of the tennis players on the Tour.

"95% of players would lose in a three-set match against this Rafa. Sure, he was unlucky with the draw, playing against Zverev in the first round, but if he had played against people other than Zverev, he would have won. Then he would probably have faced Zverev in the quarter-finals or semi-finals, but it would have been a completely different match, because at that point he would have accumulated much more competition and many more hours of training. For me he showed that he can still compete with the best, he just needs training and some time, which he didn't have before this Roland Garros," explained Mouratoglou.

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After the elimination in the first round against Zverev, in what could have been his last Roland Garros (even if he also left a window open for 2025), the Spanish champion recently announced his withdrawal from the next seasonal slam , Wimbledon.

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