In an interview to La Tercera, Rafael Nadal's coach Carlos Moya explained how he managed to convince the world No. 2 getting more aggressive and having a cleaner movement on serve. "It's working. Rafa would start using it in Paris Bercy last year, but because of the injury, we could not work on it more.
Now we are seeing the results. Through videos we showed him what he had to implement and he would go on feeling comfortable and you still have things to clean", said Moya. "He is more relaxed when he starts serving.
He does not bend the knees like before and he gets closer to the court shot by shot, he is ahead of the baseline and it allows him to continue the points from a better position. Before he was staying on the line. So he can play easier balls and use his forehand.
Little things make a difference." Moya added: "We worked a lot so that he could be a more aggressive player. This was my main motivation since when I started with him. And it's not about hitting stronger or looking for more winners, but being in a better position, closer to the baseline.
In order to shorten points, he'd better run less and suffer less fatigue. I know what I say, then the most important thing is that believes in it." Are the wins as coaches better than the ones you get as a player? "Winning as a player is the biggest thing you can do", concluded the Mallorcan who retired from tennis in 2010.
Moya and Nadal joined forces together in late 2016 just two months before Toni announced he would split with Rafael in the end of 2017