Several tennis insiders spoke about Rafael Nadal's ability to deliver his best tennis on hard courts. Nadal retained his Rogers Cup title in Montreal last month and he has now reached the US Open semifinals. Nadal's coach Francis Roig said: "Now he is more aggressive.
He is much more confident, goes to the net more and he gains court coverage with the backhand. He plays shorter points." Mats Wilander: "Rafa made significant changes. He hits with less effects on the ball. He gained court coverage with his backhand.
He changed more than Federer, even if he evolved a lot too, and Djokovic always dominated with the backhand. Rafa is one of the guys who always wants more, more and more. He never has it enough. He consistently works to improve.
He is a fan of the evolution." Pablo Carreno Busta: "If he has to improve, he puts his best effort into it. He is an example for everyone. Rafa will keep surprising and when you think he is dead, he will be back, and it will always be like this."
Boris Becker: "It's incredible how Rafa changed since he joined the Tour. He improved on hard but also a lot on grass and that's one of the keys why he is still at the top, having success. A couple of years ago he found a way to be better on hard and fit his game to the new generation of players. He has a kind of personality that makes him have the desire to be better every day."