Francisco Roig has been following Rafael Nadal over the years, during specific windows of the season in which Toni Nadal prefers to take a moment to rest from the continuous traveling around the World. As Nadal approaches the hard court season after having won the title in Hamburg, Roig decided to share his thoughts on the current moment of form of the 14-time Grand Slam champion.
Nadal has won the US Open twice in his career, in 2010 - completing his career Grand Slam - and in 2013. In both occasions, the Spaniard topped Novak Djokovic in the final. Speaking to Tennis Topic, Roig explained what the victory in Germany means for Rafael and his motivations.
"It is always good to win, especially before the start of an important part of the season such as the North American hard court swing. There is a change in surface and thus a need to adapt to the new conditions. It is a success that helps in the right motivation and approach to the practice sessions.
It was fundamental to leave Hamburg as the winners. If that wasn't the case, the approach to the North American season would have been different" revealed Roig. What is it that really happened to Rafa in this 2015 season? "The lack of consistency is a symptom of a lack of confidence. Some tournaments went bad, he didn't play how he wanted.
When it was time to compete, Rafael didn't do as he had done in the past 10 years. I think it is normal for that to happen considering how long Rafael has been on the top of his game. Despite all that happened this year, Rafael is No 6 in the race after Hamburg.
The goal is to finish in the top 5 and conclude the season in the best possible way to do well at the US Open and start well the 2016 season" said Francisco to the media. Then Roig talked about Nadal's competitors on the top of men's tennis...