Rafael Nadal's new service motion is paying off a lot at this year's Australian Open, having barely been broken in the tournament and having reached the final without losing any set. Speaking to reporters on Saturday ahead of the Championship clash against Novak Djokovic, Nadal's coach Carlos Moya said: “Since the first day I came on board, my main goal was to convince him that he could play more aggressive.
I’ve been watching the match they played here (in 2012), six hours. I think he has to avoid that. Not only for the final but also what it takes to recover from that and the risk of injury. We know to play short points against Novak is not easy, because he’s one of the best movers on the tour and one of the best returners, but to me (Nadal) has the weapons to make the points shorter."
Djokovic leads head to head meetings 27-25. Moya added: “Obviously it’s the most challenging match he can have. Mentally he has an edge when he plays any player, but not with Novak. I think these kind of matches come down to three or four points, like happened in Wimbledon.
That day, most of these important points went Novak’s side. Here, if some of those points go our side, I believe (Nadal) will have the chance to win”. ALSO READ: Djokovic would beat Roger Federer in Australian Open final - Evert