Magnus Norman thinks that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are playing in a pretty different way now than how they were doing ten years ago, due to several changes in the game of tennis.
'Now players are much stronger, they move better the physical part is much more developed,' Stan Wawrinka's former coach and former world no. 2 told Marca.'You play closer to the line more and more. I think it's because of the courts and slower balls, with the same game you can win on grass and clay. It makes the game faster. You see the matches that Nadal and Federer were playing ten years ago and they have nothing to do with now. They are the same players, but the game has changed.'
Norman also praised Nadal: 'He is one of the greatest players, whatever you play him on clay or hard. When you face him, if he is doing well, he is amazing. In order to compete against him, you have to take risks in your game. But sometimes, you take a bigger risk to make a mistake. He developed a lot his game in the last years and he is more and more aggressive. He can play on the baseline, behind, outside, going to the net with surety and it is a sign that he is a champion. Like Federer, (Andre) Agassi, (Pete) Sampras were. They always tried to develop their game and improve.'
He also gave his views on coaching: 'You have much more responsibility as a coach than a player. The player puts everything in the coach's skin. Every player is different and needs different things. When I started I made a lot of errors. One of them was to communicate too many things because you have them in the head. But you have to be selective, know what to say, when to say it and how to say it. You are never perfect, but now I am a better coach than before. I have learned a lot.'