Coach Carlos Moya acknowledged that Rafael Nadal has had great moments on court this year, but also noted that there have been some difficult moments as well. Nadal, 36, started the season by winning his first 20 matches and capturing titles at the Melbourne Summer Set, the Australian Open and Acapulco.
Nadal then suffered a rib injury at the Indian Wells Masters and missed the start of the clay court season. Just as Nadal returned to action, he began experiencing foot problems again. Still, Nadal managed to win a record 14th French Open title.
Nadal then reached the Wimbledon semi-final, where he was forced to walkover Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal injury. “It is a perfect year, but full of incidents. When he has played, his level has been spectacular, especially in important moments.
But it is true that there have been incidents that have prevented him from having the continuity he would have liked. One thing must not be forgotten: he is a 36-year-old player, with many kilometers behind him. It’s normal for the body to gradually start to fail,» Moya told the ATP Tour website.
Moya on Nadal’s chances of returning to the top spot
Nadal does not have a single point to defend in the remainder of the season and is the clear favorite to finish the year on top. Moya insists that the top ranking is not Nadal’s top priority, but noted that they will gladly take it if the opportunity presents itself.
“Being number one again has a lot of value, finishing the year at the top of the ranking, even more so. If you look at his calendar, it’s clear he’s not a target. The most important thing for him is to take care of his body and be fit for the Grand Slams.
But if he is put in front of him, of course we will,» Moya said. On Monday, Nadal suffered an upset loss to Frances Tiafoe in the last 16 of the US Open. If Nadal had reached the final, he would have been guaranteed a return to first place on Monday.