Rafael Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya said on Saturday that he was not worried about the Spaniard’s physical condition before his 14th French Open final: “This is Roland Garros and he is Rafa Nadal!” Nadal will compete for the 14th Paris title and 22nd Grand Slam crown on Caspar Road on Sunday. If he wins, Roland Garros, 36, will become the oldest ever men’s champion. “We rely on the element of experience in Rafa’s game. Here, it’s Roland Garros and he’s Rafa Nadal!” Moya said.
Nadal has been on the court for more than 11 hours in his last three rounds to watch Felix Oger-Eliasim, Novak Djokovic and the injured Alexander Zverev.
He was unsure if he would be able to play in the tournament after suffering a recurrence of a chronic injury to his left foot which has plagued him throughout his career.
“I would be a little more upset on the fast courts, but less on the ground because historically they have always recovered well from their matches there,” Moya said.
“Even at his age I think he is doing well in recovery, he will rest and I don’t think he will be disabled.
“In the semi-final (against Zverev) he suffered a sharp physical decline. It wasn’t easy. Obviously it wasn’t his best match but he got there with his game. Gains confidence. Through, he has become a new player. “
Moya believes Nadal’s ability to return to his career at regular intervals from wrist, knee and foot injuries will put him in a good position on Sunday against his Norwegian opponent, who is 13 years younger than him.
“He is a player who, since he was 17, and with all these injuries, and out of all these months, has always come back and always won.
“He gets fast during the first two or three rounds of the Grand Slam, he gets his shape, and once he gets to the rounds or quarters of 16, he becomes the Rafa we all know. . “
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