Rafael Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya said on Saturday he has no concerns about the Spaniard’s physical condition ahead of his 14th French Open final: “It’s Roland Garros and that’s Rafa Nadal!”. Nadal will take on Casper Roode on Sunday and will face his 14th Paris title and 22nd Grand Slam title. Should he win, the 36-year-old will become the oldest men’s champion ever at Roland Garros. “We rely on the experience factor on Rafa’s game. Here, it’s Roland Garros and that’s Rafa Nadal!” Moya said.
Nadal has been on the court for more than 11 hours in his final three rounds to watch Felix Auger-Aliassim, Novak Djokovic and injured Alexander Zverev go through.
He arrived at the tournament uncertain whether he would be able to play after suffering a recurrence of a chronic left leg injury that has plagued him throughout his career.
“On fast courts I would have been a little more concerned. But less on clay because historically he has always been fine with his matches there,” Moya said.
“Even at his age I think he is doing well in recovery, he will rest and I don’t think it will be a hindrance.
“He had a quick physical collapse in the match (against Zverev) in the semifinals. It wasn’t easy. Obviously it wasn’t his best match, but he got there with his game, it gives confidence. As everyone else By the rounds, he turns into a new player.”
Moya believes Nadal’s ability to return from wrist, knee and leg injuries at a regular period in his career will put him in a good position on Sunday against his Norwegian rival, who is 13 years his junior.
“He’s a player he’s been around since he was 17, and with all the injuries, and all those months, always came back and always won.
“He’s quick during the first two or three rounds of a Grand Slam, he finds his form, and once he’s in 16 or quarters, he becomes the Rafa we all know.”
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