WTA No. 1 Simona Halep draws inspiration from ATP No. 1 Rafael Nadal, reveals her coach Darren Cahill. Nadal, 32, has always been known for his exceptional dedication and commitment to the game. Halep, 26, captured her maiden Grand Slam at this year's French Open.
Before Halep won it all at the French Open title, she ended runner-up to Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki in this year's Australian Open final. The Romanian was struggling to make that final step and win a Grand Slam title -- but refused to give up and ultimately ended up winning one.
Coach Cahill said that Halep has always been giving her 100 percent on the practice court -- just as Nadal does -- but now she has that extra edge. "Rafa has inspired her [Simona] with what he’s been able to do, with the way he trains, with his work ethic, the way he fights for every single match no matter what the score is.
He can be down 6-0, 5-0, 40/0. You wouldn’t even be able to tell with him," Cahill said. "That, to me, is what she's modelled the last year and a half on. I think you see a little bit – no one's going to be like Rafa.
But you see a little bit of the old Simona compared to the new Simona, and she's more like that, because she's always had a great work ethic." Halep and Nadal both conquered this year's French Open and last week's Rogers Cup as the Romanian won the women's event in Montreal, while the Spaniard made it all the way in the men's event in Toronto.
"It's nice that her two victories, the one she had in Paris and the one she had last week, both coincided with Nadal doing exactly the same. It's been pretty cool, actually," Cahill added. Also read: German tennis boss: Proposed Davis Cup revamp will kill the competition