“This Year That Is Not Possible”: Coach Carlos Moya on Rafael Nadal’s Preparation for French Open 2020


Carlos Moya and Nadal

Rafael Nadal is eyeing for the 13th Grand Slam title at the Roland Garros. However, this time, it would not be usual for the Spaniard to let practice and change in the tournament’s timings.

Additionally, Carlos Moya, Nadal’s coach, believes that the Spaniard has a lower margin of error. Meanwhile, Nadal is still the favorite to win the French Open title 2020. With changes in the game schedule and the event’s ball, it would not be a walk in the garden for the world number 2. 

Besides, Moya, a winner in Paris, admits that Nadal isn’t the same he was a year ago. Moreover, the whole of the Nadal camp is less confident than before. In a conversation with ATPtour.com, Moya said, “If you look at his career, it is very clear that Roland Garros has a very special place on his calendar.”

Carlos Moya and Nadal

“Margin Of Error Is Far Narrower For Nadal”- Carlos Moya

In addition to this, Moya also explained, “This year, the margin for error is far narrower. In 2019 he gradually improved after a series of problems he had.”

Moreover, he also added, “He started badly in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. After that, he improved in Madrid and Rome. He was back to his normal form. And in Paris, he capped it off by winning the title.”

Talking about this year, Moya said, “This year, that is not possible. We are going to focus on things that we can control while remaining aware that it is a very unusual situation.”


Besides, it has been a tough year for Nadal as well. With the loss of practice before the big tournament, Nadal still needs to concentrate on his play.

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Moreover, eyebrows have been raised on his performance after an early exit in the Rome Masters 2020. Additionally, despite being the defending champion in the US Open, the Spaniard decided not to play to prepare for the clay tournaments.


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