The Rafael Nadal's coach Francis Roig commented, in an interview to El Espanol, the Spanish player's Rogers Cup success. Roig believes that the 32-year-old didn't deliver his best possible performances, but it was enough to triumph.
'In Toronto he didn't play like the way we believed he can play', Roig said. 'He competed in a fantastic way without playing well, but he didn't have a quality that this year made him stand out: in 2018 Rafa had much control of his shots, he plays them where he wants and play aggressive moving the opponent.
He would have liked to dominate a little bt more, but he didn't feel the ball that well. The good thing is that he won the title, which shows his greatness. Without playing his game at 100% he won good matches and the trophy.' Nadal has withdrawn from Cincinnati, and Marca published an interesting article on how the Mallorcan's schedule in the recent times changed.
Considering the last 365 days, Nadal and the Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are the players who competed in the least amount of events. The Spaniard played 14 tournaments, even less than Roger Federer (17). At the same time, it's true that this year the Swiss played 33 matches, while Nadal 43.
Tsonga is a particular case, as he has been dealing with a knee injury the whole year. The last 12 months have still been great for the world No. 1 who won seven titles including three on hard, and also won 60 matches in total.
This year he played just eight events so far, the lowest amount in his career at this stage of the season. In the last decade, he had played at least 11 events from January to mid-August. Nadal during the 365 days after Canada.
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