In an interview to TT Deporte, the former world No. 1 Carlos Moya recalled his 1998 French Open title. The Spaniard defeated his compatriot Alex Corretja in a straight-set final to win his only Grand Slam title in career. Moya admitted that after that, players looked at him differently in the locker room.
'You always doubt the tennis players who have not won a Grand Slam regardless the good he is. When you break a barrier, it stays forever. You note that there is a certain respect, but it's also sure that opponents do not give you anything.'
Moya also explained that playing the 1997 Australian Open final against Pete Sampras helped him mentally in the French Open final. 'It allowed me to head into the court with a winning mentality and a much better one than Australia against Sampras.
At that moment he was one of the most important guys in all the history, it was not my most comfortable surface. A year and a half after I came to Paris knowing the difference that exists between winning and losing a Grand Slam final.
For me, it was not a prize to be in that final and that mentality helped me a lot to win the match.' And now almost 20 years after he is the 11-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal's coach. Would he have believed at it? 'Not really.
Nadal's case is not something big for the Mallorcan sport but also at the world level. No one won ten times the same Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era. We will not see it again. Having Munar in the Academy of Manacor and that he was able to go through the qualies and a main draw first round gives consistency in making champions of the island coming up.'