Coach Carlos Moya hinted that world No. 2 Rafael Nadal was in a dark place earlier this year and that Team Nadal had to act as psychologists. Nadal made it all the way in Acapulco without a dropped set just days before the ATP suspended the season due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The coronavirus pandemic put the rest of the season in jeopardy as people had to stay at home and many struggled to adapt to the new normal. "Nobody knows how Rafael Nadal has spent these months, what he’s been through” Moya told ABC, per Tennishead.
“Obviously, it has been a very unusual year, but for everyone. “People who do not see the day to day have not been aware of what these months have been. “They have not been easy, but hey. In the end, he has had an incredible attitude.
“It has been possible to achieve with a lot of work, the day to day was not easy. "In addition to his head and what he could think, there was the situation that has affected the whole world”. "We have had to act as psychologists for the whole team.
Those of us who have been with him every day have not been workers, we have had to be friends. There have been moments of uncertainty, difficult moments."
Moya says the main goal was accomplished as Nadal returned to his best
Nadal skipped the season restart in the United States over the coronavirus concerns.
The Spaniard kicked off his season at the Rome Masters, where he picked up a shock quarterfinal defeat to Diego Schwartzman. Some thought this would be the year Nadal loses at the French Open but that wasn't the case as the Spaniard won it all at Roland Garros without a dropped set.
“Many factors come in: mental, adaptation, coping with it in the best possible way, overcoming bad times," Moya added. “There have been them in recent months, but we were clear about the goal and we tried to put that above all.
“The goal was to return to the Rafa Nadal of old, a competitive Rafa, enjoying tennis. That goal has been achieved”. After beating Novak Djokovic in the French Open final 6-2 6-0 7-5, Nadal was happy with the title but he was sad because the stands weren't full.
"We didn't enjoy, as always, a full crowd, an amazing atmosphere. So, yeah, not because I won the tournament I change my thoughts, no? The situation still sad. We are lucky enough to be able to practice, to play our sport, to have a tour," Nadal said in his press conference, per Max Gao.